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Will Seth MacFarlane Be A Better Awards Host Than Tina Fey And Amy Poehler?
It's a good year for people who like to see unexpected names take over awards show, now that Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has been tapped to host the Oscars, while at the Golden Globes old pals and funny ladies Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will be holding court. It gives a lot of reason to be excited about both shows in a way we wouldn't be otherwise
Great Debate: What's The Best Kind Of Time Travel Story?
Much as we love Pitch Perfect, the big release of this weekend is undeniably Looper, the time travel thriller in which Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a hit man in the future, who's suddenly assigned to assassinate… himself, only 30 years older and played by Bruce Willis
Great Debate: Who Should Direct Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes?
We have no say in who will get the job, of course, but that doesn't mean we won't chime in anyway. Below Sean and I discuss who we think ought to get the Rise job, whether the studio's rush will doom the film regardless, and whether we're interested in seeing another Apes film without Wyatt on board
Trouble With The Clint: Should Eastwood Have Retired 20 Years Ago?
Are Eastwood’s best days still ahead of him? Or should he have stopped working a while ago? Mack and Sean had differing opinions about the state of Eastwood’s career, so they took it to the Great Debate forums, where they hammered out the specifics of Clint’s past, present and future.
Great Debate: Should Ben Affleck Direct The Justice League Movie?
By now you've probably heard the news that, at least according to early reports, Ben Affleck is Warner Bros. choice to direct their upcoming Justice League movie, which would essentially be The Avengers for DC heroes like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and company
Great Debate: What Should Christopher Nolan Do Next?
Nolan has made it clear that he has no real interest in the broader superhero world-- beyond producing Man of Steel, of course-- so we can expect his next directing effort to be something different, likely something original, and hopefully something as ambitious as everything that's come before it
Great Debate: Will Magic Mike Give Audiences What They Want?
"It's not what you're expecting." That was the warning coming from critics the minute the embargo lifted on Magic Mike, the Steven Soderbergh film whose trailers have promised glittery, pop-fueled male strip shows
Great Debate: Is Mark Wahlberg Funny?
Back in 2010, during the run-up to the release of Adam McKay’s The Other Guys, our own Katey Rich wrote an editorial titled "Rant: Mark Wahlberg Is Not That Funny, And We Need To Stop Telling Him He Is.” In the article she argued that while the actor has his moments, his particular style suffers from diminishing returns and that he would be better off sticking to the dramas and action flicks that made him a star. Let’s now fast forward to the present...
Great Debate: Can Rock Of Ages Save Movie Musicals?
Can a not-that-great movie like Rock of Ages actually bring back movie musicals? Or do we have to wait for something fancy like this December's Les Miserables to do that? Katey and Kristy hopped on to chat to ask that very question
Great Debate: Can Battleship Make Taylor Kitsch A Movie Star?
In Battleship he has the chance to redeem himself, and some people-- well, at least Katey-- think he shows that spark of star potential after all. Kristy, on the other hand, remembers him fondly as Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights, and didn't see anything to like at all about what he does in Battleship
Great Debate: After The Dictator, Should Sacha Baron Cohen Change His Act?
Katey, who wrote that negative The Dictator review, left the movie wanting Baron Cohen to move on to more roles like the one he had in Hugo, using his physical comedy skills to fit into a larger, more solid story. Sean, on the other hand, loved The Dictator, and wants Baron Cohen to continue crafting these outrageous and funny movies
Great Debate: What The Hell Happened To Tim Burton?
Burton and Depp delivered a stellar musical concoction in the Oscar-winning Sweeney Todd, and there are those who argue the director’s take on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory surpasses Mel Stuart’s Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory from 1971. So if Burton’s in a funk, as many are arguing this week, how deep does it run? And can he pull himself out of it? Sean and Kristy discuss in our latest Great Debate.
The Avengers Great Debate: What's The Best Scene?
Vote in the poll at the bottom of the post, then jump into the comments to let us know in detail what you think. You may no longer be in the movie theater parking lot talking everything Avengers with your friends, but the conversation about the biggest movie of the year is far from over
Great Debate: Who Should Direct The Hunger Games Sequel Catching Fire?
Sean and Katey got together to pitch some of their own favorite choices, some with experience directing blockbusters, some with promising indies under their belt, and one who has already made a movie about a numbered district like Katniss's own District 12
Great Debate: Is Eddie Murphy's Comeback Still Possible?
A Thousand Words seems to be the same watered-down humor we've been getting from Murphy for years. So with his big Oscar chance gone, is Eddie Murphy's comeback over before it could even start? Kristy and Mack got together to argue about just that, with Mack a Murphy diehard who believes anything is still possible, and Kristy too burned by the awful movies to have faith in him anymore