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Sam’s Top 42 Films of the Decade

Just for the sake of my own sanity and desperate need to have these written somewhere, I give you my favourite forty-two films of the past decade. There are at least fifty-six other films I would like to put onto a list, but I think I need to forcefully prevent any more decade-based listmaking as quickly as possible. So beneath is the top ten list, along with a sentence or two on each film and then thirty-two, out-of-list-order, films which I had to include.

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Enormo Round-Up

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So I’ve been extremely busy with film-watching and outings all this week, so I have had no time to put together nice posts and news for you all to enjoy. Today though, sitting in bed and vegging like a pro, I will provide a round-up of all the interesting happenings from the past week in film.

It’s been confirmed that Jonathan Nolan will not be credited for writing Terminator Salvation. In laterally-related news, Christian Bale said he will commit to the next Batman movie, with or without the presence of Christopher Nolan.

Universal has confirmed plans to remake Drop Dead Fred, the cult classic early-90s movie starring Rik Mayall, with Russell Brand to take over the lead role. This will go alongside the previously announced remake of Dudley Moore-vehicle Arthur for our cheeky chappy.

An interview with Lauren Shuler Donner has seen her say that spin-off vehicles for both Gambit and Deadpool will come, if she has her way. Given the utterly awful Wolverine, that would be something of a result to have a movie which will provide us with easily the two most interesting characters from the film.

Todd McFarlane has entered talks over bringing Spawn back to the screen. It was made before to a very poor reception in 1997. During the interview, with IESB, he also talked a little about the David Fincher-helmed Torso, the adaptation of the Brian Michael Bendis graphic novel. That was dropped by Paramount but McFarlane believes another house will pick it up given the presence of Matt Damon in the lead and Rachel McAdams alongside him.

Some photos have emerged of Megan Fox in Jonah Hex, the adaptation of the John Albano-penned DC series. As you would imagine from a movie about a gonzo version of the Wild West, Fox has eschewed the demure look in favour of chicken house chic. Fox did experience a mild disappointment this week, beat to the FHM 100 Sexiest Women poll’s top spot by Girls Aloud’s Cheryl Cole.

Rainn Wilson, Joseph Gordon Levitt and Natalie Portman have joined the cast of Hesher, an indie dramedy to be directed by Spencer Susser. /Film has a host of extra information on this, including a really bewitching zombie short directed by Susser.

Here’s an odd one. The next movie coming from Zhang Yimou, the helmer of the astounding Hero and House of Flying Daggers, is reportedly a remake of the Coens’ Blood Simple.

McG and Michael Bay could well end up slapping ’em out on the table and bringing out the rulers, should the challenge put forth by the former to the latter become reality. Yes, McG has challenged Bay to a dick-measuring contest.

So apparently Oliver Stone, Michael Douglas and Shia LeBoeuf have signed up to take on a sequel to Wall Street, Stone’s visceral attack on the lack of ethics involved in big money trading. It seems a little late at this point but, praise be, no Charlie Sheen.

On the business side, the merger between agency giant William Morris and Endeavour has been approved. Relativity and Lionsgate have brokered a distribution agreement which will cover around five movies per year. Time Warner has announced a 14 per cent fall in profits in the first quarter, primarily owing to problems with AOL, which it is looking to spin-off imminently, and in Time Inc, the magazine side of the conglomerate.

Cinematical has a review of Departures, the Japanese foreign film Oscar winner from this year.

Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro will open the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes.

Benicio del Toro is reportedly in talks to play Brett Easton Ellis in an adaptation of his Lunar Park.

Here’s a first look at Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man 2.

The Forgotten, the indie comic series by Evan Young and Jareth Grealish, has been optioned for a movie adaptation.

Bruce Willis is reportedly being courted to star in Red, an adaptation of the Warren Ellis-penned series.

The BBC has commissioned more The Thick of It from Armando Ianucci, coming on the back of the success of In the Loop.

Warner Bros has acquired the rights to Death Note, the manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba.

Mike Newell is in talks to direct a new version of The Lone Ranger.

Fox Searchlight has picked up Whip It, the directorial debut of Drew Barrymore starring Ellen Page.

Iran’s About Elly has won the jury prize at Tribeca.

Trailers: Transformers 2: Revenge of the FallenDistrict 9Mother

Three Stooges Casting News

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The casting rumours are beginning to heat up for the Three Stooges movie from the Farrelly Brothers with some interesting choices being touted for the trio.

Top of the pile is Sean Penn who looks likely to be tapped to take on the role of Larry. Negotiations are reportedly also in motion to get Jim Carrey for Curly and Benicio Del Toro for Moe.

Penn is apparently pretty much set and Carrey, who would need to put on around 40 pounds to manage to look something akin to Curly, is understood to be embarking on the necessary diet to do so. Going on the story, Del Toro is not quite set.

The casting adds a huge degree of intrigue to the project, especially the potential additions of both Penn and Del Toro, known primarily for serious, indeed in many cases very serious indeed, projects. The two in fact collaborated to work on 21 Grams together. The Variety article notes Penn last did a comedy in 1989 with We’re No Angels, while Del Toro is said to have exhibited comic touches with his work in Snatch.

Carrey obviously has a storied past with the Farrelly brothers, aiding the launch of their career through his performance in Dumb and Dumber, and possibly harming it forever with the execreble My, Myself and Irene.

Being from the other side of the pond, this is somewhat less exciting news to me than many who will read it, however this casting cannot be described as anything less than intruiging. Add to this the success shown by Robert Downey Jr in turning to straight comedy with Tropic Thunder and you have a recipe for success.