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AFI’s 100 top movie heroes and villians

LOS ANGELES – The American Film Institute (news – web sites)’s list of top 100 movie heroes and villains, with character and performer names (where applicable), and the film:

Heroes

1. Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck (news)), “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

2. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford (news)), “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

3. James Bond (Sean Connery (news)), “Dr. No.”

4. Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart (news)), “Casablanca.”

5. Will Kane (Gary Cooper (news)), “High Noon.”

6. Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster (news)), “The Silence of the Lambs.”

7. Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone (news)), “Rocky.”

8. Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver (news)), “Aliens.”

9. George Bailey (James Stewart (news)), “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

10. T.E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole (news)), “Lawrence of Arabia.”

11. Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

12. Tom Joad (Henry Fonda (news)), “The Grapes of Wrath.”

13. Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson (news)), “Schindler’s List.”

14. Han Solo (Harrison Ford), “Star Wars.”

15. Norma Rae Webster (Sally Field (news)), “Norma Rae.”

16. Shane (Alan Ladd), “Shane.”

17. Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood (news)), “Dirty Harry.”

18. Robin Hood (Errol Flynn (news)), “The Adventures of Robin Hood.”

19. Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier (news)), “In the Heat of the Night.”

20. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, (Paul Newman (news) and Robert Redford (news)), “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

21. Mahatma Gandhi (Ben Kingsley (news)), “Gandhi.”

22. Spartacus (Kirk Douglas (news)), “Spartacus.”

23. Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando (news)), “On the Waterfront.”

24. Thelma Dickinson and Louise Sawyer (Geena Davis (news) and Susan Sarandon (news)), “Thelma and Louise.”

25. Lou Gehrig (Gary Cooper), “The Pride of the Yankees.”

26. Superman (Christopher Reeve (news)), “Superman.”

27. Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman (news)), “All the President’s Men.”

28. Juror No. 8 (Henry Fonda), “12 Angry Men.”

29. Gen. George Patton (George C. Scott (news)), “Patton.”

30. Luke Jackson (Paul Newman), “Cool Hand Luke.”

31. Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts (news)), “Erin Brockovich.”

32. Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart), “The Big Sleep.”

33. Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand (news)), “Fargo.”

34. Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller (news)), “Tarzan the Ape Man.”

35. Alvin York (Gary Cooper), “Sergeant York.”

36. Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne (news)), “True Grit.”

37. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness (news)), “Star Wars.”

38. The Tramp (Charles Chaplin), “City Lights.”

39. Lassie (Pal the dog), “Lassie Come Home.”

40. Frank Serpico (Al Pacino (news)), “Serpico.”

41. Arthur Chipping (Robert Donat), “Goodbye, Mr. Chips.”

42. Father Edward Flanagan (Spencer Tracy (news)), “Boys Town.”

43. Moses (Charlton Heston (news)), “The Ten Commandments.”

44. Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman (news)), “The French Connection.”

45. Zorro (Tyrone Power (news)), “The Mark of Zorro.”

46. Batman (Michael Keaton (news)), “Batman.”

47. Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep (news)), “Silkwood.”

48. The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger (news)), “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

49. Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks (news)), “Philadelphia.”

50. Maximus (Russell Crowe (news)), “Gladiator.”

Villains

1. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins (news)), “The Silence of the Lambs.”

2. Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins (news)), “Psycho.”

3. Darth Vader (David Prowse, voiced by James Earl Jones (news)), “The Empire Strikes Back.”

4. The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton), “The Wizard of Oz.”

5. Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher (news)), “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

6. Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore (news)), “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

7. Alex Forrest (Glenn Close (news)), “Fatal Attraction.”

8. Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck (news)), “Double Indemnity.”

9. Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair (news)), “The Exorcist.”

10. The Queen (voiced by Lucille LaVerne), “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”

11. Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), “The Godfather Part II.”

12. Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell (news)), “A Clockwork Orange.”

13. HAL 9000 (voiced by Douglas Rain), “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

14. The Alien (Bolaji Badejo), “Alien.” 15. Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes (news)), “Schindler’s List.”

16. Noah Cross (John Huston (news)), “Chinatown.”

17. Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates (news)), “Misery.”

18. The Shark, “Jaws.”

19. Captain Bligh (Charles Laughton (news)), “Mutiny on the Bounty.”

20. Man, “Bambi.”

21. Mrs. John Iselin (Angela Lansbury (news)), “The Manchurian Candidate.”

22. The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), “The Terminator.”

23. Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter (news)), “All About Eve.”

24. Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas (news)), “Wall Street.”

25. Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson (news)), “The Shining.”

26. Cody Jarrett (James Cagney (news)), “White Heat.”

27. The Martians, “War of the Worlds.”

28. Max Cady (Robert Mitchum (news)), “Cape Fear.”

29. Rev. Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum), “The Night of the Hunter.”

30. Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro (news)), “Taxi Driver.”

31. Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson), “Rebecca.”

32. Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker (Warren Beatty (news) and Faye Dunaway), “Bonnie and Clyde.”

33. Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi (news)), “Dracula.”

34. Dr. Szell (Laurence Olivier (news)), “Marathon Man.”

35. J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster (news)), “Sweet Smell of Success.”

36. Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper (news)), “Blue Velvet.”

37. Harry Lime (Orson Welles (news)), “The Third Man.”

38. Rico Bandello (Edward G. Robinson (news)), “Little Caesar.”

39. Cruella De Vil (voiced by Betty Lou Gerson), “One Hundred and One Dalmatians.”

40. Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund (news)), “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

41. Joan Crawford (news) (Faye Dunaway), “Mommie Dearest.”

42. Tom Powers (James Cagney), “The Public Enemy.”

43. Regina Giddens (Bette Davis (news)), “The Little Foxes.”

44. Baby Jane Hudson (Bette Davis), “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”

45. The Joker (Jack Nicholson), “Batman.”

46. Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman (news)), “Die Hard.”

47. Tony Camonte (Paul Muni), “Scarface.”

48. Verbal Kint (Kevin Spacey (news)), “The Usual Suspects.”

49. Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe), “Goldfinger.”

50. Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington (news)), “Training Day.”

Woman Gets Phone Calls for God

this is definitly scary…

Woman Gets Phone Calls for God
Tue May 27, 7:55 AM ET

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. – Dawn Jenkins isn’t in the new Jim Carrey (news) comedy “Bruce Almighty,” but her phone number is â€â€? and that’s become a problem.

In the film, Carrey stars as a mortal who receives the powers of God. The character of God tries to reach Carrey’s character by repeatedly leaving a phone number on his pager.

But instead of the usual 555 prefix used by most television shows and films, God’s number is a common exchange â€â€? one too common for Jenkins’ liking. It’s her cell phone number.

She’s been getting about 20 calls per hour, with callers asking for God before hanging up.

“What am I to do?” Jenkins wrote on an Internet forum. Reached by telephone by the St. Petersburg Times, Jenkins declined further comment, saying only she wants to hire an attorney. Officials from Universal Studios did not return telephone calls from the newspaper Monday.

Jenkins isn’t alone in her plight. The number on Carrey’s character’s pager matches the number of a South Carolina woman who declined to give her name, but said she’s been “getting aggravated to death” by the incessant calling.

It also matches the number for a call center to a group of five Colorado talk-radio stations. Ron Nickel, senior vice president for the Radio Colorado Network, was worried about what would happen Tuesday, the first regular office workday since the movie’s release.

“My receptionist is going to go crazy,” Nickel said.

Spidey Casts Web Over Summer 2004

Spidey Casts Web Over Summer 2004
Thu Mar 27, 2:00 PM ET Add Entertainment – E! Online to My Yahoo!

By Lia Haberman

This’ll have Spidey’s senses tingling.

Columbia Pictures has just pushed The Amazing Spider-Man’s release date back two months, causing a ripple effect on the slate of summer 2004 releases.

Instead of bowing May 7 (in keeping with the 2002 original’s spectacular spring launch), the movie has been pushed to July 2–which pits The Amazing’s Tobey Maguire against Big Willie Smith and his traditional Independence Day release. Next summer, Smith will star in the Isaac Asimov-inspired feature I Robot, due to hit theaters July 2.

Bring it on, says Sony Pictures Vice Chairman Jeff Blake. “The July 4 holiday weekend is traditionally one of the most anticipated weekends of the box-office year, and it’s a going to be a great date to launch Spider-Man 2,” said the exec in a statement released Wednesday.

Now swooping in for the early May multiplex kill is Universal’s monster mash Van Helsing, originally scheduled to launch two weeks later. The movie, from Mummy director Stephen Sommers, stars Hugh Jackman as a vampire hunter who’s forced to be an equal-opportunity slayer against rivals Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster and the Wolfman.

Despite the widely reported back problems of Spider-Man star Maguire, the delay has nothing to do with the webslinger’s alter ego, according to the actor’s publicist. “The May release date was set after the success of the first Spider-Man. It was a date pulled out of the air, but once the reality of production set in, they realized they needed to move it,” said the actor’s rep Kelly Bush.

Just last week, Maguire’s camp fueled speculation that the radioactive superhero flick could be in jeopardy when they released a statement claiming the actor was recovering from “mild discomfort in his back,” which he exacerbated while shooting two physically demanding roles: Spider-Man, followed 18 months later by the four-month shoot for Universal’s horse-racing drama Seabiscuit, in which he plays jockey Red Pollard.

“With an April 12 start date around the corner, everyone involved wants to be certain he is able to do the intense stunts,” Bush said in a statement last week, noting Maguire was in “the final stages of healing.”

Industry sources said the back injury was bogus, and just a bargaining ploy from the Maguire camp to get more money for the sequel. The 27-year-old star, they said, was looking for a pay hike to put him firmly among Hollywood’s A-list earners after the first Spidey flick, part of a planned three-part franchise; it was the biggest-grossing film of 2002, with $800 million in worldwide ticket sales.

“Ridiculous,” say those close to Maguire, dismissing the negotiation allegations as Tinseltown tattle and insisting Maguire’s back woes were legit.

This much is known, Maguire has scored a whopping $17 million paycheck–more than four times what he made for Spider-Man–to reprise his role as the webslinging savior in director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2.

Back problems and release dates aside, shooting is still slated to begin April 12 in New York City. Production has already been delayed to accommodate Maguire, who was galloping to the finish line on Seabiscuit last month. That equine flick wrapped in February, a month after Raimi had hoped to start shooting his famous wall-crawler franchise.

While the new release date seems to suggest a more flexible shooting schedule, the studio insists nothing has changed, since Spider-Man costar Kirsten Dunst has to start shooting the tennis flick Wimbledon (news – web sites) in June.

Meanwhile, the list of potential love interests grows for Dunst. The actress’ real-life love interest, Jake Gyllenhaal, had been named as a potential replacement to fill Spidey’s tights if Maguire was unable to go back to work. Now, another contender has entered the arena. According to E! Online Movie Scoop columnist Anderson Jones, Jerry O’Connell could be up for a spot in Spider-Man 2 as a competitor, not a replacement, for Dunst’s affections.

Earlier, O’Connell was said to be in the running to don Superman’s cape, should the Man of Steel movie make it to the big screen. Suddenly, the Kangaroo Jack star could find himself with a casting choice of superhero proportions.

Filmmaker Moore Criticizes Bush Again

Filmmaker Moore Criticizes Bush Again
Tuesday April 15 3:31 PM ET

Filmmaker Michael Moore, who slammed President Bush and the U.S.-led war in Iraq during his Oscar acceptance speech, continued his criticism before a university crowd in Bush’s home state.

The documentary maker said Monday night that the president’s approval ratings are high because the American people rally around their leader after a tragedy, and Bush “is the one occupying the federal land at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

But Moore said the United States is at war with Iraq because of the former Texas governor’s need to keep the public’s eye off his domestic failures as president.

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“It’s not about the weapons of mass destruction; it’s about the weapons of mass distraction,” he told 4,400 students and guests at the University of Texas.

Pulling his Oscar from a bag, Moore passed the gold statue around the audience, joking, “What are the chances I’m going to get that thing back?”

Moore won his first Oscar last month for “Bowling for Columbine,” an examination of gun violence in America. He received a standing ovation when he won and a mixture of cheers and boos with his fiery criticism of President Bush a speech he said he hadn’t prepared.

Moore told the Austin American-Statesman before his lecture that 90 percent of the response he’s gotten has been positive and that, despite having investigated the roots of violence in his most recent documentary, he hasn’t received any threats.

“Should I be getting death threats?” he said, jokingly. “It is pretty risky of me to be coming to Texas, don’t you think?”

spirited away

wow, i am still trying to come to grips with this film…it is wonderful animation and it does take you away from everything…i actually didn’t want it to be over…

but i am not sure about the storyline..

i do recommend this film highly…

dvd gets a b+

MTV Pits Hobbits vs. Spidey

MTV Pits Hobbits vs. Spidey
Monday April 14 4:00 PM ET

Heroes come in all shapes, sizes and genetic DNA mutations, according to MTV.

The music network has pitted a team of furry-footed little people versus a web-slinging superhero as it announced its list of nominees Monday for the 2003 MTV Movie Awards.

Doing battle for the ultimate honors are Spider-Man and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, which lead the noms list with five nods apiece, including Best Movie and Best Male Performance (mere mortal Viggo Mortensen steps in for the latter category against arachnoboy Tobey Maguire).

In fact, last year’s flicks featured so many non-human performances that MTV came up with a way to honor the low-maintenance movie stars in a new category called Best Virtual Performance. Leave it to MTV to recognize the underappreciated efforts of digital performers, including Star Wars: Episode II’s trash-talking Yoda, Two Towers’ conflicted Gollum, and Harry Potter’s housepet Dobby–all overlooked at the recent Oscars ceremony.

Indeed, the populace-minded MTV Movie Awards share little in common with Oscars’ highbrow picks, unless you count Academy Award winner and TRL regular Eminem (whoever thought Eminem would be the tie that binds?). The musical maestro is nominated for Best Male Performance and Best Breakthrough, while his biopic 8 Mile is up for Best Movie. Barbershop and The Ring round out the Best Picture contenders.

Other musical-minded shout-outs went to Breakthrough crossover nominees Beyoncé Knowles in Austin Powers in Goldmember and Eve in Barbershop, while J.Lo squeeze Ben Affleck was lauded for his onscreen tongue twisting with another woman, Jennifer Garner, in Daredevil.

Another singer connecting the shaky Oscar dots is Best Female Performance nominee Queen Latifah for Chicago, a musical otherwise snubbed by the cable music network, while Best Villain nominee Daniel Day-Lewis gets a Gangs of New York do-over.

And that’s where the similarities to the Oscar ceremony end.

In the worst example of nepotism since Aaron Spelling cast Tori in Beverly Hills, 90210, MTV has listed the big-screen adaptation of its series Jackass in three (count ’em, three) categories, including Best Comedic Performance, Best On-Screen Team and Best Fight.

Granted, the pickings may have been slim for MTV and MTV2 fans who were polled to determine the nominees–how else to explain Old School and Shanghai Knights garnering two nods apiece or Final Destination 2 and Cradle 2 Grave making it onto the list at all? The same misguided viewers will vote by phone and online balloting.

Almost makes you want to root for the virtual performers–if only critters Kangaroo Jack and Scooby-Doo weren’t among the digital creations also considered outstanding.

Trophies for the 2003 MTV Movie Awards, now in its 12th year, are scheduled to be presented May 31 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium, while the show is set to air June 5.

Here’s a complete list of nominees:

Best Movie:

8 Mile
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Spider-Man
Barbershop
The Ring
Best Male Performance:

Eminem, 8 Mile
Vin Diesel, XXX
Leonardo DiCaprio, Catch Me If You Can
Tobey Maguire, Spider-Man
Viggo Mortensen, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Best Female Performance:

Reese Witherspoon, Sweet Home Alabama
Kirsten Dunst, Spider-Man
Halle Berry, Die Another Day
Kate Hudson, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
Queen Latifah, Chicago
Best Comedic Performance:

Mike Myers, Austin Powers in Goldmember
Will Ferrell, Old School
Cedric The Entertainer, Barbershop
Adam Sandler, Mr. Deeds
Johnny Knoxville, Jackass: The Movie
Best On-Screen Team:

Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn & Luke Wilson, Old School
Elijah Wood, Sean Astin & Gollum, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez & Sanoe Lake, Blue Crush
Jackie Chan & Owen Wilson, Shanghai Knights
Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O & Chris Pontious, Jackass: The Movie
Best Villain:

Mike Myers, Austin Powers in Goldmember
Willem Dafoe, Spider-Man
Colin Farrell, Daredevil
Daveigh Chase, The Ring
Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York
Breakthrough Male:

Eminem, 8 Mile
Kieran Culkin, Igby Goes Down
Ryan Reynolds, National Lampoon’s Van Wilder
Nick Cannon, Drumline
Derek Luke, Antwone Fisher
Breakthrough Female:

Nia Vardalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Beyoncé Knowles, Austin Powers in Goldmember
Jennifer Garner, Daredevi
Eve, Barbershop
Kate Bosworth, Blue Crush
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Secretary
Best Kiss:

Tobey Maguire & Kirsten Dunst, Spider-Man
Ben Affleck & Jennifer Garner, Daredevil
Nick Cannon & Zoë Saldana, Drumline
Leonardo DiCaprio & Cameron Diaz, Gangs of New York
Adam Sandler & Emily Watson, Punch-Drunk Love
Best Fight:

Yoda vs. Christopher Lee, Star Wars: Episode II–Attack of the Clones
Jet Li vs. the Ultimate Fighters, Cradle 2 the Grave
Johnny Knoxville vs. Butterbean, Jackass: The Movie
Fann Wong vs. the Palace Guards, Shanghai Knights
Best Action Sequence:

Final Destination 2
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Minority Report
Star Wars: Episode II–Attack of the Clones
Best Virtual Performance:

Yoda, Star Wars: Episode II–Attack of the Clones
Kangaroo Jack, Kangaroo Jack
Gollum, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Dobby, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo

Actor Crowe to Mark Birthday With Wedding

Actor Crowe to Mark Birthday With Wedding
Monday March 17 7:44 AM ET

Oscar-winning “Gladiator” star Russell Crowe will celebrate his 39th birthday by tying the knot.

Crowe’s publicist Wendy Day said Sunday that the Australian actor would wed Danielle Spencer in the family chapel on his property, in New South Wales state.

“It’s definitely April 7 on his property at Nana Glen,” Day said. “It’s not a Hollywood, star-studded affair … it’s a family and friends affair for about 80 guests.”

The Sunday Telegraph newspaper reported that Crowe recently added an extension to the non-denominational chapel, which was first used for his brother Terry’s wedding last year.

Crowe has starred in films including “L.A. Confidential,” “The Insider” and “Gladiator,” for which he won a best actor Oscar in 2001.

Roles Got Paxton Ready for Undersea Trip

Roles Got Paxton Ready for Undersea Trip
Saturday April 5 8:35 AM ET

His experiences on a make-believe space trip helped prepare Bill Paxton for a real voyage to the bottom of the sea.

Paxton accompanied longtime friend and collaborator James Cameron on dives to the wreck of the Titanic in summer 2001.

In his first theatrical release since 1997’s “Titanic,” Cameron chronicles their journey in the documentary “Ghosts of the Abyss,” opening April 11 in huge-screen IMAX cinemas and some specially equipped regular theaters.

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His work on Ron Howard’s dramatization “Apollo 13,” about the ill-fated moon expedition, proved good training for Paxton’s 2 1/2-mile dives aboard Cameron’s mini-subs.

“You deal with the same kind of mind-set. A very tight command module, a three-man team. Everybody has to be doing something and working together all the time,” Paxton told The Associated Press in an interview.

“Ghosts of the Abyss” is told largely through the eyes of Paxton, who says he hammed it up a bit with some fearful faces during the dives.

He did approach the trip with some trepidation, though.

“Obviously, I didn’t want to embarrass myself if I had to be pulled out of the sub kicking and screaming, or they had to hit me over the head with a wrench,” the 47-year-old actor said. “But very quickly, I got acclimated to it.”

west side story – special edition

this movie is timeless..the singing, dancing, the acting and the music all combine to bring us a romeo and juliet for new york in the late 50’s..

this is still a marvelous film that still makes me cry at the end after all these years…

the dvd package contains the script, photos and storyboard and a look back at the making with appearances by russ tamblyn (riff) and richard beymer (tony) among others…and you get to hear natalie wood sing….

a definite a