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How Quickly Will Video Stores Die?

By at July 18, 2007 | 11:19 pm | 7 Comments

The first video rental store appeared in L.A. in 1979. Nearly 30 years later, the in-store movie rental experience seems destined to disappear. 1) Blockbuster announced in late June they'll be closing 282 stores. In 2006, they closed 290, many in close proximity to other Blockbuster locations. 2) In early July, Movie Gallery -- the 2nd largest U.S. video store more...

New on DVD

Episode #2 Summary: Yankees ESPN Miniseries “The Bronx Is Burning”

By at July 17, 2007 | 11:37 pm | 0 Comment

Episode #2 Summary: Yankees ESPN Miniseries “The Bronx Is Burning”

The Bronx Is Burning -- Episode #2 (aired 7/17) Oliver Platt's performance as Yanks' owner George Steinbrenner is getting as big as his expansive belly. In contrast: John Turturro's understated turn as manager Billy Martin. Maybe back then George really was a clownish jackass. Or maybe he still is... SUMMARY :: Martin and Steinbrenner make up before Opening Day, more...

International Cinema , Interviews

Mobsters That Influenced “The Godfather” — New Film Announced By the Weinsteins

By at July 17, 2007 | 8:58 am | 2 Comments

Mobsters That Influenced “The Godfather” — New Film Announced By the Weinsteins

If you know your mafia history, you know of The Gallo Brothers. (No, not the wine guys.) And you may know of their effect on movies like The Godfather. In the 1960s, as members of the New York Profaci family, the three brothers attempted a "cosa nostra" uprising against their own. No surprise Joey Gallo was nicknamed "Crazy Joe". These gangsters--and their more...

Movie Previews

Cloverfield Hype: A Vague Trailer, ABZ3293 and Lots of Online B.S.

By at July 14, 2007 | 7:11 pm | 4 Comments

Cloverfield Hype: A Vague Trailer, ABZ3293 and Lots of Online B.S.

They say there's no such thing as bad publicity. Maybe. But when the hype has its own hype, that's just a pain in the ass. The latest case-in-point begins with the grandly overrated trailer for Cloverfield (a fake title... oooooh!), the new film from Lost creator J.J. Abrams, directed by TV helmer Matt Reeves. The trailer premiered before Transformers screenings and more...

Science Fiction , Trailers