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The Hangover Becomes Top On Demand Pick


has rocketed to the top of the most-viewed On Demand movies of all time. “All time,” in the case of On Demand, is less than 10 years.

Still, it’s a pretty impressive win. The ensemble comedy flick is in good company: made it to number two on the list. Follow the jump to see the Top 10 most Demanded movies.

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Seth Rogen Calls Katherine Heigl a Hypocrite

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If you thought Katherine Heigl was only alienating the people she works with in television, you’d be wrong. It seems the actress’ big mouth has irked her coworkers in film as well.

In a 2007 interview, the Knocked Up star gave a surprising interview to Vanity Fair about the Judd Apatow comedy. Instead of praise for her box office hit, Heigl called the film “a little sexist.” “It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I’m playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you’re portraying women? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie,” she stated.

Needless to say, her costars weren’t exactly thrilled by her comments.

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AFI’s Top Films of 2007

The , probably best known its ‘100 Greatest’ countdowns, has just selected their top films of this year.  Unlike the other lists we have seen on television, this particular grouping does not include rankings nor does it highlight a winner.

Before the Devil Knows You're DeadThe AFI Movies of the Year are:

  • Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Into the Wild
  • Juno
  • Knocked Up
  • Michael Clayton
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Ratatouille
  • The Savages
  • There Will Be Blood

(You can find the AFI’s list of Top Shows here.)

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This Week on DVD:  September 25, 2007

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Here are a few of the titles you can find on the rental shelves this Tuesday:

  • Babel (Special Collector’s Edition):  starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett (watch the FilmCrunch review here)
  • Black Book:  starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch
  • Bug:  starring Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon
  • Cujo (25th Anniversary Edition):  starring Dee Wallace, Danny Pintauro
  • Evening:  starring Natasha Richardson, Toni Collette
  • Knocked Up:  starring Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl
  • Next:  starring Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Jessica Biel

Click here to see the TV-On-DVD options for this week.
Click here to see the new titles released on HD DVD and Blu-Ray.


This Week on HD DVD and Blu-ray: September 25, 2007

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These are the high-def releases coming this Tuesday:

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  • Black Book (R)—starring Carise van Houten and Sebastian Koch; directed by Paul Verhoeven.
  • Gods and Generals (PG-13)—starring Jeff Daniels, Robert Duvall and Stephen Lang; directed by Ronald F. Maxwell
  • Gothika (R)—starring Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz and Robert Downey Jr.; directed by Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Memoirs of a Geisha (PG-13)—starring Ziyi Zang, Michelle Yeoh and Ken Watanabe; directed by Rob Marshall
  • Tekkonkinkreet (R)—voiced by Alex Fernandez (English version); directed by Michael Arias
  • Underworld (R)—starring Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy and Scott Speedman; directed by Len Wiseman
  • The Wild Bunch (R)—starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine and Warren Oates; directed by Sam Peckinpah
  • Wyatt Earp (R)—starring Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman and David Andrews; directed by Lawrence Kasdan

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Mr. Skin Lists Greatest Nude Scenes in New Book

Posted by Johnny Mercedes Categories: Books, Home Entertainment, Lists

Mr. Skin bookJim McBride has a great job.  For the last eight years, he and a small group of dedicated employees (including his own mother) have fastidiously watched, pinpointed, and categorized female nude scenes in over 25,000 movies and television shows, and this Saturday McBride—or as millions know him, Mr. Skin—released a book chronicling the best of the best with Mr. Skin’s Skintastic Video Guide: The 501 Greatest Movies for Sex & Nudity on DVD.  Of course, after nearly a decade of harmless pay-it-forward sexual decadence, one book would seem unfitting—this book is the second from McBride, after 2004’s Mr. Skin’s Skincyclopedia: The A-to-Z Guide to Finding Your Favorite Actresses Naked.

Those unfamiliar with Mr. Skin need look no further than this year’s outrageous comedy Knocked Up, where a group of men spend all of their time and money (what little they have) on the development of a website dedicated to nude women in mainstream film, only to find Mr. Skin has beaten them to the punch—a plug that, according to McBride, has increased the website’s hits by 35 percent.

The new book takes the same approach as the website, recording the length of time an actress is nude along with her name and which body parts are shown.  But McBride is careful to draw a line between his craft and pornography, keeping his focus on mainstream film and television, and leaving the extreme sites to compete with each other.

If skipping all the artistic fluff (you know—plot, character development, soundtrack, cinematography, acting, etc.) and getting right to the debauchery excites you, pick up a copy of Mr. Skin’s Skintastic Video Guide today.  Here at FilmCrunch, we’re inclined to watch the entire movie.  But if we happen upon a nude scene or two, we’ll keep right on watching—everything is sexier with context.

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Superbad Gets Supergood Reviews

SuperbadIf you’ve somehow managed to miss the Superbad trailers that pepper every available hour of broadcasting, you just don’t watch enough TV. Superbad has a super-huge advertising budget, and no expense has been spared to show funny one-liners to TV viewing audiences. But…is it worth all the hype? Knocked Up star Seth Rogen co-wrote the flick and appears onscreen as a hilarious, out of shape police officer. Early reviews say that Superbad is indeed hilarious – but lacks the sweet sentiment that made Knocked Up such a hit.


Box Office Breakdown:  Chuck and Larry Outmuscle Harry

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Lord Voldemort should be kicking himself.  Wizardry, schmizardry.  All he needed was a bag of outdated gay jokes to bring young Harry down.

Wedding planners everywhere had expected 7/7/07 to be the biggest wedding day of the year, but it was 7/20/07 that proved to be eventful for comedians Adam Sandler and Kevin James.  Their domestic partnership brought in enough guests to outdo Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, though they only gained $2 million more than the Potter juggernaut.  Fan support for Sandler movies has always been strong—which is why I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry is his ninth movie to open at #1.

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Box Office Breakdown:  Competition Schooled By Hogwarts

Harry Potter

Apparently Daniel Radcliffe can bring in the audiences without having to strip…unless that’s what the female theatergoers were secretly hoping for.

Whatever the reason, a record number of voyeurs helped the Hogwarts clan whip up the biggest 5-day total for a non-holiday release.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’s $140 million beat out Shrek 2’s record set in 2004 ($128 million).  The film is now on track to be the largest Potter installment to date.

As for why the producers of Captivity chose to open amongst all the recent family-fare is beyond me.  And yes, I know that’s why they call it counter-programming.  Ironically, while I would have loved to watch Elisha Cuthbert’s character from 24 (the oh-so annoying Kim) be subjected to torture-porn, I really no desire to see her do anything these days.  Apparently I’m not alone….which is why the only other film widely-released this week opened in 12th place.  Now that’s torture.

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Box Office Breakdown: Optimus Is In His Prime

Transformers

We knew that a Michael Bay/ Steven Spielberg venture would be a hit—so what really is there left to say?  Well, did you know that this is Bay’s biggest opening since 2001’s awful Pearl Harbor ($59.1 million)??  Did you know that Shia LeBeouf is the first leading man (he just turned 21, so is a leading man) to have two movies reach the top spot this year?

Moving on…how about that awful showing for License to Wed?  Not that I predicted much for the film—but ouch.  Question is:  which Office actor fared worse in this summer’s box office?  Steve Carell who starred in an obscenely expensive Evan Almighty—a movie that at least managed #1 berth?  Or John Krasinski whose movie clearly looked like a bomb from the get-go but came with low expectations?  That may be something for Dwight Schrute to sort out…

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