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Open Salon's resident movie nerd and box office geek.

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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It is said that you should never make important decisions while you're upset, and it certainly holds that you shouldn't write rambling diatribes intended for a national audience well, ever, but certainly not when you're upset. But Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert did just that and/…

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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
2010
124 minutes
rated PG-13

by Scott Mendelson

I'm probably one of six people on the planet who preferred Spider-Man 3 to Spider-Man 2. The second Spider-Man picture is arguably the better film. It's better written, better acted, and contains moments of real pathos and/…

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Editor’s Pick
JULY 6, 2010 11:30AM

Open Salon weekend box office in review (07/05/10)

To the surprise of no one with a pulse, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse dominated the July 4th holiday weekend, as the third installment of the popular teen-lit romantic soap opera series (IE - Moody with a Chance of Vampires) debuted with $69 million over the Fri-Sun portion and $82.5 million over… Read full post »


"Did you say seventy years?"

Has there ever been a cooler cliffhanger in modern film history? The idea of splitting a long film into two pieces and releasing them relative closely to each other was a new idea back in 1989. But of all the split-in-two franchise pictures, Back
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While this is not her first exposure to the world of Star Wars (she likes the Star Wars Jedi Academy show at Disney Land) or The Muppets (she's seen the Muppet Vision 3-D show, also at Disney Land), this was a perfect way to combine both universes. Allison chuckled, she
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"A lot of bad stuff happened here. It's as good a place as any for it to end."


Believe it or not, this thing goes on for a long time, depending on which decision you make. Fashioned like an 8-bit Nintendo role-playing game, this is arguably the first interactive game I've seen on YouTube. Check it out because it's funny, stay because it's brilliant.

Scott Mendelson

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For better or worse, this looks like an almost shot-for-shot remake of the original film, with most of the visual highlights on display in this teaser. On the plus side, the cast is top-notch (Chloe Mortz from Kick-Ass, Kodi Smit-McPhee from The Road, plus Richard Jenkins and Elias Koteas) and/
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While most of this 73-second teaser is just a reminder of how much you theoretically liked the first film, the last thirty seconds deliver a handful of goose-bumpy shots. Yes, putting a baby in supernatural peril may be cheap, but it is an iconic image that is effective none-the-less.
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Editor’s Pick
JULY 1, 2010 2:05AM

Open Salon review - The Last Airbender 3D (2010)

The Last Airbender
2010
102 minutes
Rated PG

by Scott Mendelson

M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender contains a few moments of grace and visual wonder, moments that dare to show me something I've never seen onscreen before.  It's a shame that said beats are contained within a stunningly ine… Read full post »


This looks kinda terrific, and the animation looks genuinely stunning, almost lifelike in its detail at certain moments. It's good to see Verbinski back in the saddle, as he is a genuine talent whose work on the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy remains oddly underrated, to say nothing of his/
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Wow... just wow. After a somewhat low-key teaser clip that was shown on the MTV Movie Awards just a few weeks ago, Warner Bros. has unleashed this genuinely epic trailer. This is a thunderously impressive preview, full of the kind of emotional pathos and visual oomph that the Twilight
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Another new occasional feature, one dealing with random speculation that inexplicably gets turned into real news due to various bloggers who are desperate for hits and/or scoops. All of the items below are either complete speculation or painfully obvious developments that are being branded ab/…

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I don't generally comment on stories from Deadline Hollywood, but this one seems legit (and notably non-sensational) enough to merit commentary. According to Mike Fleming, Spike Lee is wrapping a deal to shoot the modern-day terrorism thriller Nagasaki Deadline. Basically the gist is that it/…

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Toy Story 3: An IMAX 3D Experience
2010
105 minutes
rated G

by Scott Mendelson

Toy Story 3 is easily the best film of 2010.  Toy Story 3 is possibly the finest 'part 3' ever made, give or take a The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King.  It is thrilling, funny, and scary,… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
JUNE 13, 2010 2:19PM

Open Salon weekend box office in review (06/13/10)

Ironically, in a weekend that banked on 1980s nostalgia, this weekend brought back the summers of my youth in a different way. Back when I was growing up, June was THE month of summer. Sure studios would release a big title over Memorial Day and/or the Fourth of July weekend,… Read full post »

As most of you know, Sex & the City 2 opens worldwide on Thursday, May 27th.  Expectations are running high, with the general consensus that it will perform in a similar fashion to the first picture ($57 million opening weekend, $152 million domestic total).  But the odds are ind… Read full post »

Well, that was a fantastic two-hour epic, completely redeeming the first act of weak, claustrophobic entries that started the season.  It was an intelligent, soaring adventure story, rich with excitement, character-development, crowd-pleasing pay-offs, heartbreaking sacrifices, and a fina…

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By any normal standards, a movie opening with $71.2 million in three days would be a pretty big success.  So, before we get into what this means for the Shrek franchise, let's talk that number in cold detail for a minute.  First of all, it gives the fourth Shrek picture a… Read full post »

News broke yesterday that Megan Fox would in fact not be a part of Transformers 3, which is set to be released on July 3rd, 2011.  Before any real details could be articulated, the media at large jumped on the idea that Fox had been fired by Michael Bay in relation… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 20, 2010 12:51PM

The Looney Tunes return!

Well, it's about time!  The New York Times reports that Warner Bros. is launching a serious effort to reintroduce the classic Looney Tunes characters to a generation of kids raised on Dora the Explorer and Yo Gabba Gabba.  Not that there is anything wrong with the educational merits… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 18, 2010 11:08AM

RIP: Law and Order (1990-2010)

Law & Order will not be getting that record-breaking 21st season after all.  The legendary crime drama will end at the end of this season, its twentieth, with 456 episodes in the can.  It will end its run tied with Gunsmoke as the longest-running prime-time drama in network telev… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
MAY 17, 2010 12:41AM

Open Salon weekend box office in review (05/16/10)

I've said this countless times, but it remains true.  If studios budget a film so that said film basically has to set records in some capacity (be it personal bests for the director or star), they are always setting themselves up for disaster.  You can't count on every Jim Carrey… Read full post »
Editor’s Pick
MAY 11, 2010 10:53AM

Why is SNL hiding its female performers in the background?

There has already been much talk about whether Betty White's kick-ass performance on an instant-classic edition of Saturday Night Live might boost opportunities for older women in the entertainment industry.  But what crossed my mind as I watched the show last night is how absolutely i/
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Iron Man 2 has grossed $133.6 million for the Fri-Sun  period.  That gives the sequel a relatively reasonable 2.54x weekend  multiplier.  It is currently the fifth-largest opening weekend  on record, behind Pirates of the  Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($135m), TwilRead full post »