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Entries by Mike Ryan from 02/2012

I'm So Over You, Uggie From The Artist

| Posted 02.01.2012 | Moviefone

I love dogs. Growing up an only child in the Midwest, my dog (I use the word "my" loosely, since, as a third-grader, I was not the one who paid for ...

An Obsessive Chat About Chronicle Between Mike Ryan and NextMovie's Jordan Hoffman

| Posted 02.02.2012 | Moviefone

Today, as you're reading this, a new "found footage" film titled "Chronicle" is playing at your local theater. But there's something that makes "Chronicle" slightly more interesting than past entries in this genre: It's not a horror movie. "Chronicle" is the tale of three high school students -- Andrew, the shy loner; Matt, Andrew's slightly more outgoing cousin; and Steve, the popular star athlete -- who develop mysterious powers after an encounter with an unexplained, underground orb-like object. "Chronicle" is an interesting movie. So interesting, in fact, that Jordan Hoffman (from Next Movie, /Film and formerly UGO's movies editor) and myself decided that an Obsessive Chat was necessary. (Spoilers ahead, obviously.)

In Honor Of Big Miracle, The 5 Best Movie Whales

| Posted 02.02.2012 | Moviefone

With "Big Miracle" being released this weekend, I was told that it's my responsibility to write a best movie list in conjunction with its arrival in theaters. I find this peculiar. My instructions were so specific and, for the life of me, I can't figure out how this topic relates at all to "Big Miracle." Alas, I'm not one to ignore a direct order from a superior, so here's a list of the Best Movie Wails. [Ed. note: No, you spelled it wrong; we meant "Best Whale Movies."]

SNL Scorecard: Channing Tatum's Shirtless Night

| Posted 02.05.2012 | TV

"SNL" decided to really focus on Tatum's beefcake status. Put it this way: I saw Channing Tatum with his shirt off not one, not two, but three times. We get it: Channing Tatum is a good-looking guy.

Looking Back At The Rumors That Surrounded Star Wars: Episode I --The Phantom Menace

| Posted 02.06.2012 | Moviefone

When "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" first premiered on May 19, 1999, it had been 16 years since the last new Star Wars movie. So, yes, there was a lot of anticipation and speculation. That's a stark contrast to this week, which finds "The Phantom Menace" being re-released in 3D to a collective shrug amongst even the most die hard "Star Wars" fans. That's a far cry from the lead up to its original release, which caused a very young Internet to explode with crazy rumors about the new film; rumors that were, for the most part, not true.

SNL With Channing Tatum: Relevancy Poll, Week 13

| Posted 02.06.2012 | TV

I get the sense that Jason Sudeikis is just in his own little world on the show these days. Like in a, "Hey, Jason, after Romney, you've got nothing until 'Bongo's Clown Room.' Do you want to be in any other sketches?" "Nah, I'm good," kind of way.

Amazing Spider-Man New Footage: 7 Things We Learned

| Posted 02.06.2012 | Moviefone

This afternoon, Sony previewed new footage from the you're-anticipating-it-more-than-you-think-you-are reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, "The Amazing Spider-Man." The event was simulcast in four cities -- New York, Los Angeles, London and Rio de Janiero -- but only the post-Super Bowl crowd in the Big Apple was treated to an in-person visit by star Andrew Garfield.

About The Time That I Loved The Phantom Menace

| Posted 02.07.2012 | Moviefone

May 19, 1999, was going to be one of the greatest days of my life -- and it was all going to begin at midnight. Yeah, I was that guy. I was the guy who scoured every nook and cranny of the Internet in an effort to digest every possible rumor about what I might see in "The Phantom Menace." I was the guy who was camped out for hours in an effort to purchase tickets to see "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace." I was the guy who then waited in line for hours to ensure halfway decent seats to "The Phantom Menace." I was the guy who cheered the 20th Century Fox logo. I was the guy who cheered when "STAR WARS" flashed on the screen, accompanied by John Williams' very famous score. And, for a brief moment in time, I was the guy who loved "The Phantom Menace."

An Obsessive Chat About Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace Between Mike Ryan and IFC's Matt Singer

| Posted 02.08.2012 | Moviefone

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace returns to theaters on Friday in 3D -- 13 years after its original release. In 1999, anticipation was high...

Woody Harrelson on 'Rampart,' 'The Hunger Games' and Replacing Coach on 'Cheers'

Posted 02.08.2012 | Entertainment

Woody Harrelson was introduced to the world in one of the most awkward ways possible: replacing a beloved, recently deceased actor on a popular televi...

Woody Harrelson on 'Rampart,' 'The Hunger Games' and Replacing Coach on 'Cheers'

Posted 02.08.2012 | Moviefone

Woody Harrelson was introduced to the world in one of the most awkward ways possible: replacing a beloved, recently deceased actor on a popular televi...

Phantom Menace Reissue Nostalgia: 13 Writers Remember Their First Date With Jar Jar

| Posted 02.09.2012 | Moviefone

What a difference 13 years makes. This weekend, Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace is being re-released in theaters, this time with an added ...

Safe House: 25 Questions

| Posted 02.09.2012 | Moviefone

This weekend, Denzel Washington (Virtuosity) shows a young punk, played by Chris Pine Ryan Reynolds, that an old dog still knows a lot of tricks in ...

My Night at a Midnight Showing of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 3D

| Posted 02.10.2012 | Moviefone

Early this morning, I attended a midnight showing of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace in 3D. It was a fairly miserable experience for numer...

SNL Scorecard: Zooey Deschanel Brings the Quirk

| Posted 02.12.2012 | TV

Zooey Deschanel's efforts as the host of were quite great. But when a news story as big as Whitney Houston's death breaks mere hours before the live show, it puts "SNL" in the weird position of being a "topical" live show, but not really.

'SNL' With Zooey Deschanel: Relevancy Poll, Week 14

| Posted 02.13.2012 | TV

I usually hate it when a parody impression is done right in front of the person being parodied. Both Abby Elliott and Andy Samberg somehow pulled off this stunt on Saturday night without it being excruciating.

Jon Chu On Why 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Will Be Nothing Like 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra'

Posted 02.13.2012 | Entertainment

In 2009, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" was financially successful enough to gross over $300 million worldwide. What "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" was ...

Jon Chu On Why 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Will Be Nothing Like 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra'

Posted 02.13.2012 | Moviefone

In 2009, "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" was financially successful enough to gross over $300 million worldwide. What "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" was ...

Nicolas Cage On 'Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance,' Almost Starring In 'Dumb and Dumber' And Why He Is Led Zeppelin

Posted 02.14.2012 | Entertainment

Being alone in a room with Nicolas Cage was, to say the least, surreal. Not because of his star power, nor for any lifelong adulation that I may have ...

Nicolas Cage On 'Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance,' Almost Starring In 'Dumb and Dumber' And Why He Is Led Zeppelin

Posted 02.14.2012 | Moviefone

Being alone in a room with Nicolas Cage was, to say the least, surreal. Not because of his star power, nor for any lifelong adulation that I may have ...

Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Producer, Confirms The Cobra Commander In New Sequel Is 'Different Guy'

Posted 02.14.2012 | Moviefone

Picking up yesterday where we left off with Jon Chu at the American International Toy Fair, we now set our sights on Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the produ...

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Star, Has Nerdy Conversation About New Sequel And 'Star Wars'

Posted 02.15.2012 | Moviefone

While "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" director Jon Chu and its producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, make it clear that this sequel is technically not a reboot, t...

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Star, Has Nerdy Conversation About New Sequel And 'Star Wars'

Posted 02.15.2012 | Entertainment

While "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" director Jon Chu and its producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, make it clear that this sequel is technically not a reboot, t...

Idris Elba, 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' Star, On 'Prometheus' Secrets And Why He Doesn't Want To Talk About 'Ab Fab'

Posted 02.15.2012 | Moviefone

Lesson learned: Do not bring up Idris Elba's early role as "gigolo" on "Absolutely Fabulous" when interviewing Idris Elba. Yes, the star of "The Wire,...

Idris Elba, 'Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance' Star, On 'Prometheus' Secrets And Why He Doesn't Want To Talk About 'Ab Fab'

Posted 02.15.2012 | Entertainment

Lesson learned: Do not bring up Idris Elba's early role as "gigolo" on "Absolutely Fabulous" when interviewing Idris Elba. Yes, the star of "The Wire,...