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Scott Mendelson

Scott Mendelson
Location
Woodland Hills, California, United States
Birthday
April 02
Bio
A ten-year Salon reader, Mendelson also has a film and politics blog/column at Mendelon's Memos: located at: http://scottalanmendelson.blogspot.com/. He is also a free lance voice over artist and occasionally contributes film reviews for www.ValleySceneMagazine.com.

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OCTOBER 12, 2008 10:04AM

Oh my God, they killed Gary (Oldman)!

 

Here is the just released trailer for the David Goyer supernatural thriller, The Unborn.  When my wife got pregnant, I occasionally joked that if we ended up with twins, we'd flip a coin.  One would be born, the other would eventually come back when Allison was 13 and implica…

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Delightfully timely, as I presume it will always be.

On that note, you have the climactic Penguin speech from Batman Returns. In a weird way, it's story was way ahead of its time. The Penguins whole arc is that of a completely substance-less freak, using the strength of…

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Yay for common sense! In the 'happy to be wrong' category, The Punisher: War Zone has been given an R for 'persuasive strong brutal violence, language, and some drug use'. I had written previously about the rumors that Lionsgate was butchering the film and wanted a PG-13.…

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David Letterman goes for blood.  Cheap but funny:

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I waited on this because I couldn't find any non gossip-sources (mainly Nikki Finke and Defamer), but the New Yorks Times published a blurb so I can now comment. Although, for the record, Finke's reporting on this subject seems to be rock-solid, so credit where credit is due./…

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"Two memoirs but no major legislation?" A lie. Period.

Here's the scoop on my favorite thing that Obama did in the Illinois state senate, requiring that police questioning of suspects in murder cases be videotaped. A great idea in Illinois that should be expanded national… Read full post »

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In the realm of not-very surprising news, Michael Bay has announced his intention to shoot several scenes for Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen in IMAX film. For some reason, I didn't mention this possibility in my Iron Man 2 IMAX 3D article earlier this month, but the ro/… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 30, 2008 2:10AM

Sex & The City movie - female escapism(?).

I finally saw Sex And The City: The Movie last night (it looks stunning on Blu Ray). I would love to get on a high horse and proclaim that it's a terrific movie and that the critics who hated it were misogynist pigs. Some of them may be, but it's
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This came out a couple days ago, but I couldn't find any respectable places where this had been confirmed. Now it's widespread enough that I feel comfortable commenting on it.


Quantum Of Solace will not feature two trademarked James Bond lines ('shaken, not stirred', and 'B…

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2008 1:11PM

Mad TV does political humor too!

 



Since the legal version of last night's SNL Palin/Couric sketch won't embed here and YouTube versions keep getting pulled, here's Mad TV (which often is just as funny, see that 'I-Rack' sketch from last year) doing the Palin bit. 

 


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Random thought that I enjoy sharing...

I saw The Brave One a couple months ago on Blu Ray, it being the rare Jodie Foster film that I don't see in theaters (the reviews were lousy). It's not very good, but it does have one priceless scene about forty-minutes… Read full post »

Yet another high-profile date change, this one affecting the beginning of summer 2009.

The (sure to be highly anticipated) Hannah Montana Movie has moved from May 1st to April 10th, 2009. I'm not sure why Disney made the move, but this will be a huge relief to Fox, Paramount, and Sony for/…

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2008 12:38AM

The Best Films Of the 1990s

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I posted this about a month ago on The Hot Blog, as people were discussing their favorite films of the 1990s. I figure it's appropriate for this blog too, so here you go, the director's cut if you will. Keep in mind, these are favorites, not necessarily best, in… Read full post »

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Box Office Mojo sends out a weekly update of what films have received what ratings from the MPAA. There are several interesting tidbits this week.

W, Oliver Stone's allegedly comic biopic of George W. Bush (mainly dealing with his life pre-presidential run), has been awarded… Read full post »

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Just for fun, here is a rundown of the best performances by an actor/actress playing a comic book villain in the short, 30-year history of the modern comic book film.  Some will be obvious, some where obvious but were forgotten to time, some are my personal favorites that didn'… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2008 12:11AM

Tonight's SNL Palin/Clinton sketch

 Tonight's opening SNL sketch with Tina Fey as Sarah Palin. 

But since the embedding doesn't seem to work here, here's the illegal YouTube version, for as long as it works:

 

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SEPTEMBER 13, 2008 10:30PM

Craig Ferguson's rallying cry:

A terrific monologue, a passionate deconstruction of the whole political process by one Craig Ferguson.  Well worth watching:

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Old news, but still worthy of mention. Don LaFontaine, the man who more or less invented modern voice over, especially in the realm of film trailers, has died at the age of 68 from complications from pneumothorax (a collapsed lung issue).

Maybe I should feel a little guilty, but, as/…

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Sorry folks. There will be no gratuitous ass shots of Zack Efron. There will be no shower scenes with Vanessa Hudgens. There will be no hot hook-ups between Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel, although I presume that their relationship will continue to border on incestuous (the cardboard stand up ads s… Read full post »

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I'll be doing a pieces on this in the coming weeks, but this is week two in Lionsgate's end of 2008 blitz. Eight major films released nine weeks in a row, followed by four more by year's end.

Disaster Movie tanked last weekend, and the next… Read full post »

BECAUSE NO ONE DEMANDED IT...
(but mainly because I need a break from writing about politics)
THE UNOFFICIAL 2008 SUMMER MOVIE WRAP UP

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And so it ends, as summer always does, with a whimper.  It's been a hell of a ride, but summer unfortunately always ends with the doldrums… Read full post »

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Last night's fire-breathing, heavily sarcastic speech by Vice-Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin was exactly what she needed to do in order to solidify her position and prove her worth in rallying up the base (it seems to be working, my boss is a Republican who doesn't lik… Read full post »

Scott/Allison Dem

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This story was released today, in order to refute this story.

 

It should be stated that the new story doesn't explain many of the issues with the old story. If Palin's daughter has a sudden miscarriage in the very very near future, then one can make… Read full post »

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First off, congrats on McCain from completely swiping the news cycle away from Obama. If this was going to be the pick, I'm genuinely surprised that they didn't 'accidentally' leak it yesterday as was rumored to be the plan.

Since everyone is noting the slight similarities, I wonde… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 31, 2008 3:26PM

When you fail, we all look bad (Michael Moore on Countdown)

by Scott Mendelson

I like Michael Moore.  I like his movies, I love some of them (Roger And Me, Bowling For Columbine, the first half of Sicko).  I like his books and his lectures.  My issues with Fahrenheit 911 and the hoopla that followed were not so much with the film, but… Read full post »