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Entries by Scott Mendelson from 04/2009

Review: Adventureland (2009)

| Posted 04.01.2009 | Entertainment

There are almost no plot developments in Adventureland that will surprise anyone in the audience. But the picture does have a shaggy charm, and that is due to the down-to-earth acting.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine DVD-quality bootleg leaked online...

| Posted 04.01.2009 | Entertainment

Alas, this is no April Fool's Joke... I wasn't going to name names, but it's pointless now. Someone at 20th Century Fox is in big, big trouble. An...

Friday Night Box Office Rundown: Fast & Furious Grosses $30 million on Friday Alone

| Posted 04.04.2009 | Entertainment

Fast And Furious had by far the biggest single day in the month of April, and it is already 75% of Anger Management's record $42 million April opening weekend back in 2003.

HuffPost Box Office Rundown: Fast & Furious Pulls in $72 Million

| Posted 04.05.2009 | Entertainment

Fast & Furious has grossed $72.5 million over three days. Universal smartly sold it as a class reunion of sorts and also as a 'true sequel' to the 2001 original.

NYT libels Ratatouille and Wall-E to paint a grim picture for Up (apparently The New York Times can't do the math either).

| Posted 04.07.2009 | Entertainment

In this new article by Brook Barnes, the New York Times again bemoans whether an artistically ambitious Pixar picture, Up, can overcome its alleged co...

Arrests made in Wolverine leak case! Three to be charged Thursday in Federal Court

| Posted 04.08.2009 | Entertainment

I've just gotten confirmation from a source on the LAPD, officer Rolo Tomassi, that three people have been arrested and charged with the shocking inte...

Review: Observe and Report (2009)

| Posted 04.09.2009 | Entertainment

Observe and Report may be the smartest dumb comedy since Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle.

Observe and Report -- Yes, It's Date Rape, but It's Not Supposed to Be Funny (but the Movie Still Is)

| Posted 04.11.2009 | Entertainment

Whether or not Observe and Report is a good film is open to debate. But criticizing a black comedy/social satire for having unlikable characters, awkward situations, and uncomfortable material is awfully foolish.

Scott Mendelson's HuffPost Weekend Box Office Rundown

| Posted 04.15.2009 | Entertainment

The Hannah Montana Movie officially grossed $32.3 million over the weekend, which includes a whopping $17.4 million Friday.

Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince trailer (and a toast to a remarkably consistent franchise).

| Posted 04.17.2009 | Entertainment

I know this is something like the sixth trailer for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, but this thing looks amazing. As if to assuage the fears...

HuffPost Review -- State of Play (2009)

| Posted 04.19.2009 | Entertainment

State of Play is the sort of movie that "they just don't make anymore." Despite its attempts to include newfangled ideas regarding journalism, it is a refreshingly old-fashioned star-driven thriller.

Huff Post weekend box office in review (04/19/09)

| Posted 04.21.2009 | Entertainment

Well, it looks like Zac Efron may just be a movie star. On nearly the same weekend where, five years ago, Jennifer Garner broke out with an ironicall...

Ten minutes shorter, bub? Final cut of X-Men Origins: Wolverine has same running time as bootleg.

| Posted 04.21.2009 | Entertainment

Well, tickets for X-Men Origins: Wolverine are now on sale at most major theater chains (they had been on sale at the Arclight chain for awhile now). ...

I Was Right? Wolverine Final Print Allegedly Confirmed as Identical to Work Print

| Posted 04.23.2009 | Entertainment

As some of you know, a bit I wrote on Tuesday inspired a bit of controversy.

Is Obsessed Sexist and Racist?

| Posted 04.26.2009 | Entertainment

As soon as women or minority groups are given their own somewhat trashy entertainment, it's suddenly a problem for culture at large.

Batman's garage sale...

| Posted 04.29.2009 | Entertainment

Batman Garage Sale with Adam West from Adam West This is awfully funny, but it'll be especially poignant for Batman: The Animated Series fans who reme...

How My Coverage of Wolverine Turned Me into the Worst Kind of Film Critic/Pundit...

| Posted 04.29.2009 | Entertainment

Regardless of how Wolverine opens this weekend, I will still write about it. But I will not take joy or sadness in whatever comes of it.