This Week in 2010: Corey Haim DiesAmong those upset by the snubbing of Corey Haim in the "In Memoriam" montages at both this year's Oscars and Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremonies was Haim's biggest fan: his frequent co-star and lifelong pal Corey Feldman, who noted the omission with a timely, startling comparison.
Talking to Moviefone earlier this week, Feldman noted that Haim and Charlie Sheen both got their big breaks 25 years ago (in the movie 'Lucas'). Sheen went on to enjoy success in films and even greater success on TV, and despite a quarter-century of battles against drug addiction and other personal demons (coming to a head recently with Sheen's ongoing public self-immolation and his firing from 'Two and a Half Men'), he'll no doubt earn a fond reminiscence in the montages when he dies.
And yet Haim, who died at 38 a year ago this week (on March 10, 2010, of complications from pneumonia and other respiratory and heart ailments) was ignored, Feldman said, despite having finally gotten his life together after a similarly long public battle against drugs and personal issues. (In fact, it was on the set of 'Lucas' where Haim's drug troubles began.) What's more, Feldman claimed, Haim actually had a film career more worthy of celebration and remembrance than Sheen has had.
Hyperbolic? Maybe. There's no 'Platoon' or 'Wall Street' on Haim's résumé. Still, for a few years in the late '80s, Haim starred in several movies that are fondly remembered today, including one unassailable gem, 1987's 'The Lost Boys.' Read through the articles Moviefone and Cinematical posted at the time of Haim's death - including two personaltributes, a selection of his memorable movie quotes and my highlight reel of his career milestones - and you'll conclude that, even if Feldman is overstating his case, Haim certainly didn't deserve to be denied the homage of his peers at this year's memorials.
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This Week in Movie History
1982 (March 12): Richard Pryor's landmark 'Live on the Sunset Strip' is released in theaters. The stand-up performance movie, in which Pryor mines humor from the notorious recent incident in which he nearly died after setting himself on fire while freebasing cocaine, remains one of the greatest comedy concert films ever made.
1996 (March 9): George Burns dies at 100 after nearly a century in show business. The comic actor had enjoyed a late-career surge of film stardom, including an Oscar at age 79 for 'The Sunshine Boys' and lead roles throughout his eighties and nineties in such movies as 'Oh, God!' and '18 Again.'
2010 (March 7): At the 82nd Oscars, Kathryn Bigelow becomes the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director. The 'Hurt Locker' filmmaker's chief rival for that year's prize had been her ex-husband, 'Avatar' director James Cameron.
This Week in Celebrity Birthdays
Celebrity Birthdays: Week of March 6What would you like as a birthday gift? How about a movie release? Aaron Eckhart (who turns 43 on March 12) and Juliette Binoche (who turned 47 on March 9) both have new films in theaters this week, while Johnny Knoxville, who hits 4-0 on March 11, has a new DVD out. (For more on these releases, see below.) Brandon T. Jackson celebrated his 27th on March 7, not long after the release of 'Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son.' Other celebrities celebrating include Sharon Stone (53 on March 10) and Liza Minnelli (65 on March 12).
Going Out? New and Noteworthy This Week
'Battle: Los Angeles' (PG-13)
Starring:Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramon Rodríguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ne-Yo
Directed By:Jonathan Liebesman
What's It About? It's Marines vs. aliens, as a squad of veterans and newbies tries to rescue civilian Angelenos before the military nukes Southern California.
Why Should You See It? This is more of a traditional combat movie than a sci-fi epic, so if you like your action fare served up with a minimum of otherworldly trappings (or character development), this one's for you.
You Might Like It If You Like: 'Skyline,' 'District 9,' 'Starship Troopers,' first-person shooter videogames
'Mars Needs Moms' (PG)
Starring:Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler, Elisabeth Harnois, Mindy Sterling
Directed By:Simon Wells
What's It About? When his mother is mom-napped by Martians, a bratty stowaway learns of the red planet's nefarious plot to drain her of her maternal instincts in order to steal those attributes for the nanny-bots Martians use to rear their parentless hatchlings.
Why Should You See It? Well, that certainly doesn't sound like a shopworn plot you've seen too many times, does it? Plus, there's the 3D appeal of the motion-capture-animated visuals that have become producer Robert Zemeckis's trademark ('Beowulf,' 'A Christmas Carol').
You Might Like It If You Like: 'Monsters vs. Aliens,' 'Meet the Robinsons,' 'Robots'
'Red Riding Hood' (PG-13)
Starring:Amanda Seyfried, Gary Oldman, Julie Christie, Billy Burke, Shiloh Fernandez
Directed By:Catherine Hardwicke
What's It About? The familiar fairy tale becomes a teen gothic horror/romance saga, in which the heroine is a nubile maiden (Seyfried) in a village plagued by werewolf attacks. The clawed fiend could be anyone, even Red's beloved grandma (Christie). Oldman is there to chew scenery as a crusading werewolf hunter.
Why Should You See It? Director Hardwicke ('Twilight') certainly knows her way around a teen gothic horror/romance saga. And Seyfried can pretty much do no wrong.
You Might Like It If You Like: The first 'Twilight,' 'Beastly,' 'Ever After'
In Limited Release
'Jane Eyre' sees 'Alice in Wonderland' star Mia Wasikowska play the lovestruck governess in this latest version of the Charlotte Brontë classic. The soon-to-be-ubiquitous Michael Fassbender plays her tormented boss and love interest, Mr. Rochester.
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'The Certified Copy' stars Juliette Binoche (who won the Best Actress prize at Cannes for this role) in a tale of love and art in Tuscany that marks the first European film for the great Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami.
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Still in Theaters, Still Awesome
• 'Rango': By all accounts, you'll enjoy Johnny Depp's all-talking-animal western even more than your kids will, since many of the references will go well over their heads. Showtimes & Tickets | Watch the Trailer
•'The Adjustment Bureau': You know, shadowy groups of manipulative, all-powerful bad guys in movies would be a lot less conspicuous if they didn't wear fedoras so much. Showtimes & Tickets | Watch the Trailer
•'Beastly': If you can't get into 'Red Riding Hood' this weekend, your options for movies about a romance-minded girl, a monster and a curse aren't totally limited. Showtimes & Tickets | Watch the Trailer
Staying in This Weekend?
New on DVD: Critics actually had kind words to say last fall about Johnny Knoxville's 'Jackass 3D' - that for all its deliberate idiocy and humiliation, its elaborate stunts made pretty effective use of the 3D medium. Will the pranks look as cool at home on your 2D TV? Maybe not, but we bet you'll still laugh. Buy or rent the DVD | More new DVD releases
Movie Homework: 'Red Riding Hood' isn't the first movie to put a more grown-up spin on the beloved children's story. An even more astonishing revamp was the 1996 exploitation flick 'Freeway,' where Red becomes a foulmouthed, oversexed teenage hitchhiker (Reese Witherspoon), and the wolf becomes a roadside serial killer (Kiefer Sutherland). Previously known as a demure child actress, Witherspoon was a revelation here, proving herself a force to be reckoned with in more ways than one. Buy or rent the DVD
On Our Netflix Queue: Newly out on DVD is the movie that won the Best Documentary Oscar last week, the Wall Street exposé 'Inside Job.' Narrated by Matt Damon, the movie has a strong idea of who's to blame for the 2008 financial collapse and why it's unlikely that they'll ever be punished for it. Buy or rent the DVD
On TV: These days, it might be better known as the movie that launched 'iCarly' star Miranda Cosgrove's career, but when it was released on 2003, 'School of Rock' simply seemed like the best thing Jack Black had ever done. Still does. You can watch him teach a class of sheltered 10-year-olds (including Cosgrove) the glories of guitar-shredding on Friday at 8PM on TBS. Check your local listings
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