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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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Two summers ago, Marvel rebooted a franchise that grossed $245 million on a $130 million budget (funded by Universal). Said reboot, intended to be a more audience-pleasing (ie - dumbed down) variation on a the Incredible Hulk, ended up grossing just $263 million worldwide on a $160 million bu/…

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JULY 10, 2010 2:18AM

"Mr. Feeny, did we die?"

"To me it seemed like that finale could have been the finale to any TV show ever. The final season of Friends could have been had an alternate reality in which they didn't know each other and then when they touch hands they rememberRead full post »
I don't hunt. I've never hunted with any weapon of any kind. Hell, I've never even fired a real gun before. But, to those who have hunted, I pose this question. Say you're out in the woods, hunting a larger animal (a bear, a deer, etc)./…

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I've been meaning to run the numbers, and today is as good a day as any. First of all, news broke over the last two days that A) Avatar would be returning to IMAX and 3D theaters in an eight-minute-longer special edition on August 27th and B) the film's success/…

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The internet is all aflutter today with various posts asking whether or not Chris Nolan will direct a James Bond film in the near-future. No. Heck, considering MGM's current financial woes, it may be a long time before we see anyone direct a new James Bond picture. All/…

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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 »