Saturday, 28 April 2012

Disney's Biggest Classical Animated Films

Walt Disney's most successful movies (adjusted for inflation) from the golden era of classical animation.

1. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)  The first and still the biggest of Disney's animated films. Won a special achievement Oscar consisting of one regular size statue and seven smaller ones.

2. 101 Dalmatians (1961) This movie contains one of the greatest villains in film history: Cruella De Vil.

3. The Lion King (1994) The most successful of the newer era Disney animated films. Songs by Elton John.

4. Fantasia (1941) Not a big hit when it was released in 1941, it is now considered the best animated film.

5. The Jungle Book (1967) The last film produced by Walt Disney himself

6. Sleeping Beauty (1959) Sleeping Beauty's castle has since become a symbol of the Walt Disney company.

7. Pinocchio (1940) Won the Academy Award for best song for "When You Wish Upon A Star".

8. Bambi (1942) Walt Disney's most emotional work.

9. Lady And The Tramp (1955) An animated love story based on an Original idea from the Disney studios.

10. Aladdin (1992) By casting Robin Williams as the voice of the genie, Disney started the trend of using famous actors in their animated films.

11. Peter Pan (1953) Based on a play by J.M. Barrie. Michael Jackson's favorite movie, he named his home Neverland Ranch.

12. Beauty And The Beast (1991) The only Disney animated film ever to be nominated for a best picture Oscar.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Biggest Super Hero Movies Ever

With the upcoming release of The Avengers, this would be a good time to look at the biggest box office hits based on comic book super heroes.

1. The Dark Knight (2008) The second film directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale. The late Heath Ledger co-starred as the Joker. (533 m)

2. Spider-Man (2002)  The first and the best of the Tobey Maguire / Kirsten Dunst Spidey films. (403 m)

3. Spider-Man 2 (2004) A great sequel to the first film. This one featured Alfred Molina as Dr. Octopus. (373 m)

4. Spider-Man 3 (2007) The third and final film made for a strong finish to this series. The Green Goblin, Venom and The Sandman appeared as the villains. (336 m)

5. Iron Man (2008) Robert Downey Jr. is perfectly cast as Tony Stark / Iron Man. Jeff Bridges and Gwyneth Paltrow co-starred. (318 m)

6 Iron Man 2 (2010)  Decent sequel featuring Don Cheadle as War Machine, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. (312 m)

7. Batman (1989) The biggest super hero movie ever made before CGI. Directed by Tim Burton and starring Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker. (251 m)

8. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) Third in the series featuring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. (234 m)

9. X2: X-Men United (2003) Sequel to 2000's X-Men starring Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry and Famke Janssen. (214 m)

10. Batman Begins (2005) First Batman film starring Christian Bale. This one co-starred Liam Neeson as the man who trained Bruce Wayne.. (205 m)

Monday, 23 April 2012

Best George Clooney Films

The Descendants (2011): A story about a father's relationship with his two daughters, written and directed by Alexander Payne (Sideways). Clooney was nominated for a best actor Oscar.

The Ides Of March (2011): Dirty politics is the focus of this movie co-starring Ryan Gosling and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Up In The Air (2009):  Latest film by writer / director Jason Reitman (Juno). Another best actor Oscar nomination.

Syriana (2005): CIA intrigue in the middle east. George won the Oscar for best supporting actor.

Good Night, Good Luck (2005): A movie about TV journalist Edward R. Murrow taking on communist witch-hunter Joesph McCarthy. Clooney also wrote and directed this film.

Ocean's Eleven (2001): Remake of the Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin movie. George is surrounded by an all-star cast that includes Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia and Julia Roberts.

The Perfect Storm (2000): The crew of a fishing boat on their final trip. Co-Starring Mark Wahlberg and Diane Lane.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000): The Coen brothers re-make Homer's "The Odyssey" and set it in 1930's depression era American south. The soundtrack album to this movie became an unexpected smash hit.

Three Kings (1999): A comedy about some American soldiers stealing gold during the first gulf war. Sort of an update of Kelly's Heroes.

Out Of Sight (1998): Steven Soderbergh's version of the Elmore Leonard novel about the romantic relationship between a bank robber and a U.S. Marshall. Co-stars Jennifer Lopez.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Famous Rappers Turned Actors

Tupac Shakur: Made a half dozen movies before his murder in 1996, his best being "Above The Rim" (1994). Also appeared on TV's "A Different World".

Ice Cube: Has been in several hit films "Boyz N The Hood", "Friday", "Anaconda", "Three Kings", "Barbershop". Also has produced and has even tried directing.

LL Cool J: Most recently has appeared on the hit TV series "NCIS: Los Angeles". Before that has starred in numerous films including "Rollerball", "Any Given Sunday" and "Deep Blue Sea".

Eminem: Had a big hit with the 2002 film "8 Mile" and even won an Oscar for best song. Slim Shady was also hilarious as himself in the movie "Funny People".

Ice T: Has had most of his success on TV. Co-stars on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and plays himself on reality TV's "Ice Loves Coco".

Queen Latifah: Lots of hit films for Queen Latifah. She's starred in "Chicago", "Bringing Down The House", "Hairspray" and "Valentine's Day". She was also the voice of a woolly mammoth in the Ice Age Movies.

Mos Def: One of my favourite rappers turned actors. He was great in "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", also appeared in "Showtime", "Monster's Ball", "16 Blocks" and "Be Kind Rewind".

Ludacris: He was quite good in "Crash", which won the Academy Award for best picture for 2005. Also Appeared in a couple of Fast & Furious films.

50 Cent: He Made his big screen acting debut in "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'" (2005). 50 has been in several movies since then, including co-starring with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in "Righteous Kill" (2008).

Snoop Dogg: He's made numerous appearances on TV and in movies, but is most memorable as Huggy Bear in "Starsky And Hutch".

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie Trivia

Brad was born William Bradley Pitt December on 18th 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Angelina was born Angelina Jolie Voight (daughter of actor Jon Voight) on June 4th 1975 in Los Angeles, California.

Brad Pitt turned down roles in Apollo 13, About A Boy, Backdraft, Almost Famous and The Bourne Identity. Angelina turned down roles in Charlie's Angels, The Panic Room, Titanic and The Reader.

Before Angelina, Brad was married to Jennifer Aniston (2000 - 2005) and was engaged to Gwyneth Paltrow. Angelina was married twice, to Jonny Lee Miller (1996 - 1999) and to Billy Bob Thornton (2000 - 2003).

Brad is mentioned in the Shania Twain Song "That Don't Impress Me Much". Ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton wrote a song for Angelina called "Angelina".

Brad was named sexiest man alive by People Magazine. Angelina was one of People's 50 most beautiful people.

Brad has been nominated for an Oscar three times but has never won. Angelina has been nominated twice and won for best supporting actress in "Girl Interrupted" 1999.

The only film Brad and Angelina have made together, so far, is "Mr. And Mrs. Smith" (2205). It is also the most successful film either actor has been in.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

10 Interesting Facts About Johnny Depp

Was a rock musician before becoming an actor.

Actor Nicolas Cage encouraged him to try acting.

Made his film debut in "A Nightmare On Elmstreet" (1984).

Plays guitar on the Oasis album "Be Here Now" (1997).

Before Marrying singer / actress Vanessa Paradis, Johnny was engaged to four other famous women: Sherilyn Fenn, Kate Moss, Winona Ryder and Jennifer Grey.

Lives in the south of France with his wife and children.

Opened a night club called The Viper Room, which, unfortunately, became famous after the death of River Phoenix in 1993.

Turned down roles in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986), "Backdraft" (1991), "Thelma And Louise" (1991),  "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992), "Indecent Proposal" (1993), "Interview With A Vampire" (1994),  "Speed" (1994), "The Matrix" (1999), "The X-Men" (2000),  "The Hulk" (2003), "Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events" (2004) and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (2005),

Made an appearance in the movie "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare" as Oprah Noodlemantra.

Gave himself the nickname "Mr. Stench.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Whatever Happened To The Breakfast Club

One of the best John Hughes films of the 1980's. Five high school kids from different backgrounds forced to serve an all day detention on a Saturday in the school library. What became of the actors who appeared in this 1985 movie.

Emilio Estevez (Andrew Clark / The Jock):  The son of actor Martin Sheen and brother of actor Charlie Sheen already had made a name for himself in such movies as The Outsiders (1983) and Repo Man (1984). Emilio would go on to bigger success with Stakeout (1987), Young Guns (1988), The Mighty Ducks (1992) and their sequels. He began directing movies, starting with Wisdom (1987), and gradually moved away from acting. His most recent directorial efforts have been Bobby (2006) and The Way (2010).

Molly Ringwald (Claire Standish / The Popular Girl): Molly had a hit the year before in John Hughes' Sixteen Candles (also with Anthony Michael Hall) and would go on to be in another Hughes hit Pretty In Pink (1986). She then had a string of unsuccessful films and her popularity went into decline. She has worked steadily since the 80's and most recently appeared in the TV series The Secret Life Of The American Teenager (2008 - ).

Anthony Michael Hall (Brian Johnson / The Nerd): Another John Hughes Veteran, Anthony had already appeared in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) and Sixteen Candles (1984) and would go on to act in Weird Science (also 1985). After starring in one season of  TV's Saturday Night Live (1985-1986) and the movie Edward Scissorhands (1990) Anthony's star went into decline. He's kept busy starring in the TV series The Dead Zone (2002 - 2007) and had a bit part in the blockbuster The Dark Knight (2008).

Ally Sheedy (Allison Reynolds / The Weirdo): She had acted in such movies as Bad Boys (1983), War Games (1983) and Oxford Blues (1984) and later appeared in Short Circuit (1986) and Maid To Order (1987). She even co-starred with Molly Ringwald in the 1990 film Betsy's Wedding. Since the 80's she has acted mainly in TV movies.

Judd Nelson (John Bender / The Bad Boy): After The Breakfast Club Judd acted in the 1985 movie St. Elmo's Fire (also with Emilio Estevez and Ally Sheedy). But these two films represented his peak as a star. He would go on to act mostly in TV, including a recent appearance on the TV show Two And A Half Men.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Ten Watchable Jennifer Aniston Films

Jennifer Aniston was great as Rachel on the TV series "Friends", but her film career has been hit and miss. Here is a list of 10 of her better films.

The Break-Up (2006): Co-stars with Vince Vaughn as a couple who breaks up at the beginning of the film. The rest of the movie is about them  fighting over their apartment, friends, family etc. The Break-Up came out shortly after her real break up with husband Brad Pitt.

Marley & Me (2008): Another "Frat Pack" member, Owen Wilson, co-stars with Jennifer as a married couple who adopts a problem pooch. Based on the book by John Grogan.

Bruce Almighty (2003): Jim Carrey inherits the power of God, and jennifer plays his girlfriend. One of the biggest hits of the year.

The Good Girl (2002): Jennifer plays an unhappy married woman who has an affair with a younger co-worker (Jake Gyllenhaal). Great supporting parts by Zooey Deschanel and John C. Reilly.

Office Space (1999): Comedy about office workers stealing money from their company. Based on the cartoon "Milton" by Mike Judge (Beavis And Butt-head).

Horrible Bosses (2011): Three friends try to kill their bosses. Jennifer, along with Kevin Spacey and Colin Farrell play the murder targets.

Picture Perfect (1997): A young woman at an advertising agency pretends to be engaged to a man (Jay Mohr) to further her career. Kevin Bacon, Olympia Dukakis and Illeana Douglas co-star.

Along Came Polly (2004): Romantic comedy with Ben Stiller.

Derailed (2005):  A businessman (Clive Owen) is blackmailed after having an affair.

He's Just Not That Into You (2009): Assemble cast is featured in this film about relationships. Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Connelly, Drew Barrymore, Kris Kristofferson and Bradley Cooper also star.