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HBO To Turn ‘Shutter Island’ Into A TV Series; Martin Scorsese May Direct
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Ashcliffe Shutter Island

It is the final season of Martin Scorsese‘s Boardwalk Empire, and as the HBO Prohibition drama comes to an end, the director is looking to continue his working relationship with the cable channel by turning one of his directorial efforts into a televised series.

Deadline reports that Scorsese’s feature film Shutter Island is being developed into a television series titled Ashcliffe. The series will be written by novelist/screenwriter Dennis Lehane – who wrote the original novel – with both Scorsese and the film’s star Leonardo DiCaprio on board as executive producers. The plan is to get Scorsese to direct the pilot. Hit the jump to learn more about the series.

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Top 30 Films Of 2010
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Top 30 Movies of 2010

Trying to figure out the themes that the 2010 year in cinema gave to us is not a hard task at all. If anything, this year’s best films had an irrepressible surge that impelled them all toward themes focusing on alienation, instability, conformity, and deception, all different routes that lead to the same destination: at an arrival of self-discovery.

Below are my picks for the Top 30 films of 2010, all of which, in one way or another, had characters that had to confront the danger that was permeating their existence, as a bullfighter bravely confronts an oncoming bull. This confrontational theme knew of no cinematic boundaries. It hit hard in Toy Story 3 and The Kids Are All Right just as hard as it did in Winter’s Bone and Black Swan. It did not matter if Andy had to confront college or if Nina had to pierce a deep wound into her own being just so an answer could be derived. All characters in all 30 films were just as much bothered with universal issues as they were with personal demons. King’s Speech demonstrates this as King George VI has to face WWII and his stammering issue. And the directors of these films did not revile such themes, as they satisfyingly indulged in them by creating unwelcoming atmosphere fostering trite and brutal themes and making them into something glowingly artistic.

Here are my picks for the best films of 2010:

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Cyber Monday Lightning Deals: Back To The Future, Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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Every day, Amazon offers up “Lightning Deals,” limited quantities of various products for a discounted price for a 4-hour window of time. You have to be on the lookout for these deals and once the item runs out within that four hours, the sale is over. Meaning, if you see something on sale that you want, buy it immediately before it’s gone.

Today being Cyber Monday, Amazon has a load of Lightning Deals coming up today for Movies & TV on DVD and Blu-ray. See list of today’s deals here below, along with more information on how these special deals work.

There’s also TONS of extremely low prices and great deals on DVDs and Blu-rays right now, so visit the CYBER MONDAY DEALS page to see the wide selection, like the Lord Of The Rings DVDs for $3.99 each and Blu-rays for $7.99 each; Harry Potter DVDs for $5.99 each and Blu-rays for $10 each; and much, much more!

Also, Amazon’s Blu-ray box set deal of the week is the Firefly: The Complete Series Blu-ray Edition for only $25 (that’s 72% off the list price of $89.99). This deal is valid only for this week through December 4, 2010.

The Video On Demand deal of the day is Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas for only 99 cents for a 48-hour rental. Deal is good for today only.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2010

4:40 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. PST

Dollhouse: Season One
Blu-ray – $9.99

Home Alone Collection
Blu-ray – $14.99

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Flix of Doom: Episode 3: ‘Inception’
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Jen marvels at The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Vactor dreams of Inception. All the while queen of the podcast, Eve Of Doom, checks out The Losers. The geeks are joined for this special double episode by Hunter Camp from the Gotham Central and Comics of Doom podcasts to discuss Shutter Island.

Check out Episode 3 of the Flix of Doom podcast, the official movie podcast of Geeks of Doom, where the hosts discuss the new Christopher Nolan film Inception and take a look at Leonardo DiCaprio‘s career, along with this week’s box office and movie news.

Click HERE to open the podcast player in a new window.

Full Episode Guide is here below, along with player.

Listen now!

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Blu-ray Review: Shutter Island
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Shutter Island
DVD | Blu-ray
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams
Warner Bros Home Video
Release date: June 8, 2010

Martin Scorsese’s foray into violent territories has been characterized by blood, weapons, extreme wealth and more blood. Working with these characteristics he managed to use them to help mold his image of Man, using them as instruments to inflict pain upon Man in the process. Scorsese has become synonymous, as we have all come to know, with violence and gangster qualities, leading him to produce unequivocal masterpieces. But, surprisingly, he works at equal competence when he displays Man as a helpless entity, one who suppresses his true feelings and, as in Shutter Island, one succumbing to psychological occurrences that are far beyond his collective knowledge.

These themes undoubtedly occur throughout most of Scorsese’s pictures but the way he delves into the psychological depths of an individual’s mind, which has nothing but contempt and regret regarding his past, in his new film, brings out a baroque like menace which we haven’t seen in Scorsese before. Shutter Island is an immersive movie nightmare that rises above the thriller genre, emancipating itself from the mundane conventions of such films so it can blossom into a piece of art that is dreadful, ghastly and surreal.

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Movie Review: Shutter Island
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Shutter IslandShutter Island
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Starring Ben Kingsley, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams
Rated R
Release date: February 19, 2010

What makes a movie great? Is it meeting the expectation of greatness? Can a movie be viewed solely on its own merit anymore without comparing it to something else you saw that you liked better or worse, or is that what watching and understanding movies is all about? I thought about that a lot after seeing Shutter Island.

It is in our nature to view a movie not only on its own merit but comparatively against like sources. Martin Scorsese has made a lot of brilliant movies but is it fair to always compare each new one to the classics he has already made? His latest film will make you rethink that process. It is the type of film that will make you forget his stable of gangster movies that most people would try to define him by. If you have ever wondered what a Scorsese horror film would look like, Shutter Island is the answer.

The movie opens as two U.S. Marshals, Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), arrive on Shutter Island. They have been invited to Ashecliffe Hospital to investigate the disappearance of Rachel Solando (Emily Mortimer), a patient at the facility. Their arrival doesn’t seem to be met with much enthusiasm. The staff is less than cooperative, the hospital’s chief psychiatrist Dr. John Crawley (Sir Ben Kingsley) offers feigned assistance and right away the case seems steeped in impossibility. She was locked in her room, no one saw her leave, and there are no signs of exit. Not to mention they are on an island in the middle of a hurricane.

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Perfect Progression? Martin Scorsese & Robert De Niro To Re-Team For New Mob Movie
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Martin Scorsese & Robert De Niro

Reuters is reporting that while in Berlin for the Berlin Film Festival, director Martin Scorsese confirmed a dream of many film fans: the re-teaming of himself and Robert De Niro for another go in the violent world of mobsters.

When these two mega-stars of cinema history team up, classics have been known to be born. The first time they collaborated in 1973, a movie called Mean Streets was made. Since then, many beloved titles have followed, including Taxi Driver, New York, New York, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, and Casino, which was the last time they worked together (not counting Shark Tale, of course).

In what sounds like the perfect next step for the duo, they are planning to work again, only this time, it sounds like it will be more of a reflection piece, with De Niro playing a big name in organized crime looking back on his life.

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In Case You Missed Them: The 2010 Super Bowl Commercial Movie Spots
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Super Bowl

Tonight was the big game, and to sum things up, booze and gumbo be flowin’ strong in the French Quarters of New Orleans tonight.

The obvious big draw of the Super Bowl is the game itself, but right behind that it the unveiling of some of the best commercials you’ll see. Recent years have been an incredible disappointment for the advertisement industries, and it has seemed like very few companies have anyone working for them with fresh and funny ideas. So would this year be the year when commercials rose back to their former glory, or would failure loom once again?

The short answer is no, no there was not any glory. The majority of this year’s commercials, like recent years, were utter garbage, and that’s just sad and honest truth. The only real bright spots of the year came from the always-popular Bud Lite ads, and Doritos made a strong showing themselves. There were a couple of decent ones scattered around in between these, but that’s about all there is to it. You can head over to SPIKE to check out all of the commercials!

Click on over for more, including videos of all of the movie and video game spots that aired!

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Paramount Mysteriously Pushes Back Martin Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’
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Shutter Island

The fall movie schedule is usually the best time of the year for tried and true movie fans. The fun-but-mindless amusement park movies are gone, and the more critically acclaimed are setting up shop. These are the movies that don’t shatter box office records, but they do set themselves up with little golden man hopes of getting an Academy Award nomination (or several) delivered to their doorstep.

After the surprising announcement earlier this year that there would actually be ten Best Picture nominees this year instead of the regular five nods, the chances for a movie getting in has greatly improved. Even with this giant change, Paramount has decided to risk fate and push one of the big boy Oscar contenders back to the very brink of when a movie is still eligible for nomination. The movie? Martin Scorsese‘s creepy looking horror/drama Shutter Island, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo. The movie was originally slated to be released on October 2, but is now set for a February 19, 2010 unveiling. (Read: Watch Leonardo DiCaprio In Martin Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’ Trailer)

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Watch Leonardo DiCaprio In Martin Scorsese’s ‘Shutter Island’ Trailer
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Shutter Island

The first trailer for Martin Scorsese‘s new film Shutter Island has been released on Apple, and it looks intense. You can head over there for the HD version of the trailer.

The movie follows Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo), two U.S. Marshals who come to a prison-like hospital for the criminally insane that is located on an island off the coast of Massachusetts. The marshals are called out to the hospital due to the disappearance of a woman who was being kept there for committing murder. The confusing thing about it all, is that the hospital is in a seemingly-inescapable Alcatraz-like location with eleven miles of cold, cold water between them and land. To make things even more chaotic — the presence of a 67th patient in a hospital inhabited by 66 causes the marshals to wonder what exactly is going on at Shutter Island.

This is one of the best trailers that I’ve seen in a while. It has a really creepy vibe to it and looks like it could be a third movie among The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. I also do not think that I would be out of line to claim that this trailer alone is scarier than most full-length horror movies that we see these days.

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