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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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Vulture is reporting today that Tom Cruise is receiving slightly less upfront money for his acting work in Mission: Impossible IV than he did in Mission: Impossible III. Does this mean that Paramount and Hollywood at large is so disenchanted with Cruise that he can no longer command mega-doll/…

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As of yesterday, Inception has earned $205.5 million in domestic grosses and $377 million in worldwide box office. That puts the film just above the domestic ($205.3 million) and worldwide ($371 million) gross of Batman Begins. It has absolutely no chance in hell of catching up to The Dark… Read full post »
The Disappearance of Alice Creed
2010
100 minutes
rated R

There is nothing particularly wrong about J Blakeson's The Disappearance of Alice Creed, but there is next to nothing interesting or special about it. It's basically a glorified stage play, a tense crime drama about a kidnap victim and her/…

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Ironically, when the Marvel movie tapestry is said and done, the actor who's going to get the biggest boost from this whole Marvel quilt is character actor Clark Gregg, who has turned a glorified cameo as Shield agent Phil Coulson in Iron Man into a character who is/…

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Finke wrote a piece on Monday detailing apparent pick-ups that were taking place on Universal's Little Fockers. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but of course Finke tried to spin it as signs that the film is a disaster waiting to happen. Because that's pretty much all she's capable/…

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Brent Lang of The Wrap just doesn't get it.  Plain and simple.  In his provocatively-titled piece 'Zac Efron and the Incredible Shrinking Teen Idol Stars', Land submits that the newest generation of young stars (Zac Efron, Robert Pattinson, Miley Cyrus, etc) have disappointed at the… Read full post »

As of Monday, the film had grossed $197 million, so Chris Nolan's Inception will cross $200 million today, on its nineteenth day of release (same amount of time as I Am Legend and The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring). By Wednesday or Thursday, it will surpass the/…

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The great Tom Mankiewicz has died at the age of 68. He is not a household name to the geek community, but he should be. Aside from writing three James Bond pictures (Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, and The Man With the Golden Gun), he is the/…

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Inception was number one for the third straight weekend, as it fended off three challengers and neared the $200 million mark. Dropping just 35%, the Chris Nolan thriller grossed another $27.5 million for a new total of $193 million. It will likely cross the $200 million mark on Tuesday,/…

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Yes, yes, 2010 is the worst year for movies EVER, screams Joe Queenan of The Wall Street Journal. There have been plenty of years where I felt 'this is the worst year/summer ever', especially as, yes, I've gotten older. Part of it is nostalgia, as I remember the years past/…

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Avatar made nearly $3 billion worldwide because it was a good movie, something that tapped into a worldwide cultural zeitgeist, engaged in true non-denominational spirituality, created a compelling romantic spectacle, and delivered incredible action sequences in breathtaking 3-D, right? No, a/…

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JULY 28, 2010 11:35AM

Yogi Bear gets a poster.

This actually screened this week somewhere in LA (don't remember the location), but since my daughter is not between the ages of four and ten, attending wasn't really an option. Not that this one is high on my interest list anyway. I've said this for years, but I still/…

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Click on either of those two to enlarge them. I'd be lying if I told you that I was excited for this film on any level other than my fandom for director Martin Campbell, but this is an absolutely key project if Warner Bros. wants to truly expand the DC/…

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Interviewed by Drew Morton at The Playlist over the weekend while promoting Battle: Los Angeles at Comic Con, Michelle Rodriguez was asked how she felt regarding her being typecast as the 'tough chick'.

"Oh baby, I was typecast the minute I did a film called, Girlfight years ago. That has/Read full post »
Andre Braugher is doing okay these days. He may not be a multi-millionaire, but he's been working quite steadily since his star-making role in Homicide: Life on the Street ended in May of 1999. He's been a lead in a handful of TV series (Gideon's Crossing, Hack, Thief, Men… Read full post »
Salt is pretty much what it is advertised as, a mid-to-late 90s throwback, a star-driven action thriller that uses its alleged real-world narratives (including an accidentally topical plot involving Russian spies) to obfuscate its patented absurdity. The picture shines in its first half, but/…

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It was another 'everybody wins!' weekend at the box office, as holdovers held well and openers opened to reasonable expectation-levels. Inception was again number one, with $43.5 million in its second weekend. That's a borderline-shocking drop of just 30%, which is almost unheard of i… Read full post »
I assume anyone reading this will be enough of a nerd to know all or most of the people in that photo, so I'm not going to list them. Well, it looks like Ed Norton is out and Mark Ruffalo is in. Now that it's official, I will simply/…

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Inception was number one at the Friday box office yesterday, pulling in $13.2 million on its second Friday. That's a moderate drop of 39% from last Friday's $21.6 million opening day. The film has capitalized on strong word of mouth and the mydrid multiple interpretations that merited repeated/…

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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
2010
110 minutes
rated PG

by Scott Mendelson

For what it's worth; The Sorcerer's Apprentice is a lot closer to Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl than The Haunted Mansion. Like the two above examples, the film takes a small portion of Disney culture and ma/…

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JULY 20, 2010 1:15PM

Review: Inception (2010)

Inception
2010
148 minutes
rated PG-13

by Scott Mendelson

I have never understood the idea that Chris Nolan is a cold man who makes cold films. While he is a brilliant craftsman and a technical genius, his films have always had a vibrant heartbeat at the center. Whether it's amnesiac Leonard stru/…

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Playing like an old-fashioned general-audiences blockbuster, Chris Nolan's Inception opened at the higher end of expectations with $60.4 million over the weekend. That's a 2.79x weekend multiplier, which means that front-loading was moderate but not severe (the film actually rose a token amou/…

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Right in line with the highest expectations, Chris Nolan's Inception pulled in $21.6 million on its first full day, including $3 million in midnight sneaks. Depending on whether it plays like a general-audiences hit or a frontloaded genre picture, it could do anywhere from $55 million to $65/…

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Tomorrow's Entertainment Weekly is all about next week's Comic-Con, so the lead-off article concerns Martin Campbell's Green Lantern film. As such, we've got the first real photos of the film and its cast. As for the cover image, I can't really understand what some geeks are complaining abou/…

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It was an 'everybody wins!' weekend at the box office, as the openers all performed at or above expectations and the holdovers didn't quite crash as badly as expected. First off, Universal scored its first probable domestic blockbuster since The Bourne Ultimatum three years ago, and its first/…

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