Mel Valentin

Mel Valentin

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WonderCon Day 2: 'Cowboys & Aliens,' 'Priest,' and 'Immortals'

WonderCon kicked off its second day with a movie panel dedicated to 'Cowboys & Aliens,' a sci-fi/western... Read more

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WonderCon Day 1: 'Hanna,' 'Falling Skies,' and 'Green Lantern'

WonderCon, the annual pre-summer comics and film convention, kicked off Friday in San Francisco. WonderCon's... Read more

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Cinematical Seven: Of Time Travel and Paradoxes (Among Other Things)

Pioneering science-fiction writer H.G. Wells popularized time travel as a fictional plot device with... Read more

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SXSW in 60 Seconds: 'Bridesmaids' Buzz Heats Up Along with the Deals

CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS SXSW isn't SXSW without the occasional (sometimes more than occasional) reminder... Read more

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SXSW in 60 Seconds: 'Paul' Premieres and We 'Attack the Block'

CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS Missed out on yesterday's post with celebrity-linkage? Then click this link (you... Read more

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SXSW in 60 Seconds: 'Attack the Block' Kills at Midnight

CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS Because celebrities (film-related and otherwise) are people too and there's nothing... Read more

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SXSW in 60 Seconds: 'Source Code' Kicks Off the Fest

OUR COVERAGE If you're new to the SXSW Film Festival (meaning you're new to Austin), then you must,... Read more

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Actors We Miss: Alec Guinness

In a career spanning six decades, Alec Guinness (actually, Sir Alec Guinness, as he was knighted in... Read more

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Scenes We Love: 'The Descent' (2005)

At its best (or worst, depending on your perspective), horror taps into our most basic, most elemental,... Read more

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Actors We Miss: Bruce Lee

Despite completing only four films (a fifth, 'Game of Death,' was never finished), one season of 'The... Read more

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Their Best Role: Chris Cooper

As an actor, Chris Cooper has appeared in almost sixty films and television shows since 1987 (a remarkable... Read more

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Actors We Miss: Dennis Hopper

When Dennis Hopper passed away earlier this past May at the age of 74 due to prostate cancer, he left... Read more

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Scenes We Love: The Incredibles

Pixar Animation Studios has made 11 feature-length films in 15 years (not counting the in-production... Read more

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Scenes We Love: Dawn of the Dead (1978)

A camera pulls back from what appears to be a 1970s-style shag carpet. It's not. It's the lining in... Read more

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Cinematical Seven: Unwanted Supernatural Guests

Unwanted supernatural guests (as opposed to the wanted kind) on film tend to come in two varieties,... Read more

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Actors We Miss: Tony Curtis

Last week, Hollywood lost one of its last Golden Age stars, Tony Curtis, at the age of 85. Like many... Read more

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Spotting the Difference: From Campbell's 'Who Goes There?' to Carpenter's 'The Thing'

The art of adaptation is just that; an art. Adapting a short story, a novel, or even a novella takes... Read more

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Scenes We Love: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Jack Finney's ('Time and Again') seminal 1955 science fiction-horror novel (serialized a year earlier... Read more

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First Clip: 'Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole'

I'm sure I wasn't alone when the teaser trailer for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, a... Read more

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New 'Tron: Legacy' Banner: Olivia Wilde

Tron: Legacy doesn't hit movie theaters for another three months (a lifetime to some Tron fans), but... Read more