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Cinemania: heaven

Posted by Peter Keough April 17, 2014 07:33 PM

If I were to choose my favorite song about the sweet hereafter, it would probably be “Heaven” by the Talking Heads. But if I were to pick my favorite film about heaven, it would not be “The Sweet Hereafter” by Atom Egoyan. Fortunately, there are a lot more to choose from, including “Heaven Is for Real,”

which opened Wednesday. What are your favorites? Send your choices to or include them in the comments. Deadline is Monday, April 21. We’ll be presenting the best Sunday, April 27. [shown is a trailer for “Heaven is for Real”]

Cinemania: Jim Jarmusch gems

Posted by Peter Keough April 4, 2014 07:23 PM

There may not be a lot of dialogue in veteran independent director Jim Jarmusch’s movies, whose “Only Lovers Left Alive”

opens on April 11, there are always a few good lines. Like “I am the vinner!” Or, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.” Those of you who have seen the movies these lines are from probably know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, you should watch all of Jim Jarmusch’s movies and help us pick the five best. Send me your favorites at or include them in the comments. Deadline is Monday, April 7. We’ll be presenting the best Sunday, April 13. [shown is a trailer for “Only Lovers Left Alive”]

Cinemania: rain scenes

Posted by Peter Keough March 28, 2014 03:10 PM

Fighting, kissing, dancing, or just standing around looking miserable: no matter what's going on, adding a good dose of rain makes it more cinematic. No wonder fake rain has been one of cinema's most enduring special effects. Which rain scene has precipitated your greatest admiration? Send your choices to or include them in the comments. Deadline is Monday, March 31. We’ll be presenting the best Sunday, April 6. [Shown is the trailer for "Noah"]

The Best of Arnold

Posted by Peter Keough March 20, 2014 10:40 PM

“I’ll be back,” he said in “The Terminator” in 1984. True to his word, he has made around 30 films since then, plus an extended role as Governor of California, and he’s back again on March 28 at the age of 66 with “Sabotage.”

He is interminable. Which of his films, or roles, or taglines (I’m fond of “You should not drink. And bake.”) are your favorites? Send your choices to or include them in the comments. Deadline is Monday, March 24. We’ll be presenting the best Sunday, March 30. [shown is a trailer for “Sabotage”]

Cinemania: Best Feline Performances

Posted by Peter Keough March 14, 2014 06:11 PM

Long before there were movie stars, there were Thomas Edison’s boxing cats in 1894.

Cats have brought their mystery, magic and pugilistic skills to the big screen for 120 years; don’t you think it’s time for an Academy Award for Best Feline Performance? Which great cat acts of the past do you think would be deserving? Send your choices to or include them in the comments. Deadline is Monday, March 17. We’ll be presenting the best Sunday, March 23. [shown is “The Boxing Cats” (1894)]

Cinemania: Irish eyes are watching

Posted by Peter Keough March 7, 2014 01:44 PM

Everyone Ioves the Irish on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), and it’s a good time to remember that there is a lot more to that wee island than green beer, “Danny Boy,” and shillelagh fights. The stories about Ireland on the big screen range from the boisterous beauty of John Ford’s “The Quiet Man” (1952)

to the grim brutalities of Steve McQueen’s “Hunger” (2008). Which films about Ireland or the Irish would be the leaders of your parade? The deadline for entries is Monday, March 10. We’ll be running the top five on Sunday, March 16. [Shown is a trailer for “The Quiet Man”]

Lindsay Lohan hints at 'Mean Girls' reunion

Posted by Rachel Raczka March 7, 2014 01:38 PM


LaLohan went on "The Tonight Show" Thursday night to plug her upcoming reality series on OWN, premiering this Sunday. While the primary takeaway of her appearance was how healthy and happy she seems/looks, the internet is now abuzz with the rumor that a "Mean Girls" reunion is in the works.


'Annie' trailer tugs at our morning heartstrings

Posted by Rachel Raczka March 6, 2014 10:30 AM

Will Gluck’s modern update of beloved musical "Annie" starring Quvenzhane Wallis and Jamie Foxx finally has an official trailer.

The "Beasts of the Southern Wild" actress stars as the famed curly-haired sweetheart, who lives with Miss Hannigan, played by a rather alarming Cameron Diaz, and her fellow orphans in Harlem. Foxx appears as Benjamin Stacks ($$$), the film's version of Daddy Warbucks, an uptight billionaire with his eye on the city's mayoral seat. Rose Byrne appears as the good-natured Grace Farrell, while her real-life beau Bobby Cannavale makes an appearance in a newly written role as Stacks' political adviser.

The film arrives in theaters next Christmas.

[h/t Entertainment Weeky]

7 weirdest moments at 86th Academy Awards

Posted by Emily Wright March 3, 2014 12:46 AM

John Travolta completely butchered Tony Award-winning actress Idina Menzel's name at the Academy Awards on March 2 -- and that wasn't the weirdest thing that happened.

In no particular order, here are the seven weirdest moments from the 86th Academy Awards that aired live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.


Oscars: 5 reasons every awards show should have pizza

Posted by Emily Wright March 3, 2014 12:03 AM


John Shearer/Invision/AP

"Gravity" cleaned house on Sunday night with seven Academy Award wins, but it wasn't the Alfonso Cuaron-directed film that left a great taste in our mouth -- it was the pizza.

Pizza? Yes, pizza.

Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres told her peers that she would order pizzas halfway through the show, and she made good on her promise. Minutes later she brought out a pizza delivery man from backstage, used Brad Pitt as a plate-passer-outer, and delivered cheesy, gooey, luke-warm looking slices to a slew of celebs.

Here are the five best reasons that there should be pizza at every awards show:


Oscars recap chat with critic Ty Burr

Posted by Katie McLeod March 2, 2014 02:15 PM

Any Oscars surprises? How did Ellen DeGeneres do as host? Globe film critic Ty Burr was online Monday, March 3, at 1 p.m. to chat with you about the 86th Academy Awards. Click the replay button below to catch up on all things Oscars.


Cinemania: sword plays

Posted by Peter Keough February 27, 2014 11:11 PM

Forget your Abrams tanks, Predator drones or M249 SAW machine guns. When people watch combat on the screen these days, they like it the old-fashioned way: swords, spears, arrows and cleavers, the more hand-to-hand the better. Whether the setting is pagan, medieval, or imaginary, these spectacles of hot blood and cold steel are guaranteed crowd pleasers. The sequel “300: Rise of an Empire”

(opens March 7) is the latest in this genre, which goes back at least to D.W. Griffith’s “Intolerance” (1918). Send your favorites to or include them in the comments. Deadline is Monday, March 3. We’ll be presenting the best Sunday, March 9. [shown is a trailer “300: Rise of an Empire”]

Video: Joyce Kulhawik dishes about the 86th Academy Awards, shares predictions

Posted by Katie McLeod February 27, 2014 02:45 PM

With "American Hustle," "Gravity," and "12 Years a Slave" leading the Oscar nominations this year, and Ellen DeGeneres back as the show's host, there's already a lot to talk about. As far as entertainment goes, Bette Midler is taking the stage, Pink is making an appearance, and U2 is giving a performance of "Ordinary Love," featured in the film "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," for starters.

Emmy-award winning A&E critic Joyce Kulhawik previews this year's show, highlighting the night's most anticipated moments and making her predictions for winners in each major category.

Mobile users, click here to watch this video.


Amanda Seyfried to star in 'Ted 2' alongside Mark Wahlberg

Posted by Emily Wright February 24, 2014 03:15 PM


Lee Jin-man/AP

Move over, Mila Kunis. There's a new pretty lady in "Ted" town.


New 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' international trailer hits the web

Posted by Matthew Juul February 24, 2014 12:31 PM

Everyone's favorite neighborhood web-slinger squares off against his fiercest foes yet in this new, international trailer for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."


No Netflix? No problem; 5 Sunday afternoon movies on TV

Posted by Emily Wright February 21, 2014 12:10 PM

If you haven't bought into the Netflix craze (and are sick of hearing about "House of Cards"), we feel for you.


Jesus on the big screen

Posted by Peter Keough February 20, 2014 07:58 PM

Good luck to the makers of “Son of God” [opens Feb. 28], because no matter how carefully or reverently they approach this story,

they're bound to offend someone. It’s the nature of the subject. Nonetheless, since the dawn of cinema, Jesus has been one of the most frequently featured characters on the screen. Which of the Messianic films do you think redeem the genre? Send your favorites to or include them in the comments. Deadline is Monday, Feb. 24. We’ll be presenting the best Sunday, Mar. 2. [shown is a segment from “Son of God.”]

Marvel releases sneak peek 'Guardians of the Galaxy' teaser trailer

Posted by Emily Wright February 18, 2014 01:06 PM

In anticipation of tonight's trailer debut on "Jimmy Kimmel Live", the folks over at Marvel Studios have released a 15-second sneak peek teaser for the upcoming film, "Guardians of the Galaxy."


Cinemania: best of the last

Posted by Peter Keough February 14, 2014 08:36 PM

Whenever someone in a movie has taken on their last heist, mission, or whatever, you know it will not go well. I don’t think it’s giving anything away to suggest that such might be the case in “3 Days to Kill” (opens Feb. 21)

in which Kevin Costner plays a secret service agent coerced into you know what. We know how this will end; maybe that’s why we keep watching. Kind of like Greek tragedy. But if you had one last movie about one last assignment to see, which would you choose? Send your picks to or include them in the comments. Deadline is Monday, Feb. 17. We’ll be presenting the top five Sunday, Feb. 23 [shown is a trailer for “3 Days to Kill”]

Cinemania: best big screen break ups

Posted by Peter Keough February 7, 2014 06:40 PM

Inspired by the “The Bride of Frankenstein” inclusion in our Best of Frankenstein entry a few weeks back

and also to serve as a consolation to those who insufficiently acknowledge that Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day, our topic this week is best break-up scenes. They may be hell in real life, but they have made for some of the greatest moments in cinema. Which are your favorites? Include them in the comments section or send them to me at We’ll be running the top five on Feb.16. [Shown is a scene from “Bride of Frankenstein”]

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