The 2009 Review Of The Year: Part Two

2009 is almost over.

And not to sound like grumbling old blokes, but can you believe how quickly it’s gone by?

There have been some huge stories and even huger-er films released, so we thought we’d look back at some of the biggest stories, movies and features that showed up on the site.

The bell is ringing, the second act of the year is about to be chronicled. Take your seats, ladies and germs...



Summer continued, but the weather was still mixed.

At least we had the trailer for The Informant! to cheer us all up, as Steven Soderbergh and Matt Damon gave a true-life corruption tale a comic spin.

There was good news from the world of Harry Potter as Bill Nighy revealed he'd been cast in The Deathly Hollows (for which we also picked a list of British Legends who'd been overlooked previously) and Robert Rodriguez' Predators finally got a director in the shape of Nimrod Antal .

We went all '70s with Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart as pics of the girls filming The Runaways arrived, and then '80s as a movie version of TJ Hooker  tempted us with visions of a Shat cameo.

Seth Rogen's long gestating Green Hornet movie nabbed a leading lady - Cameron Diaz - but lost Kato/director Stephen Chow . Boooo…

Features-wise, we delivered a snappy Battle Royale between movie and TV dinos and, on the heels of a Force-alike toy wondered what would happen If Star Wars Was Real.

At the movies, the latest Ice Age arrived and began box office domination while Michael Mann brought Public Enemies and Sacha Baron Cohen launched Bruno 's offensive charm. Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince finally showed up and we were suitably wowed by Moon .

Oh, and we evaluated the career of TF favourite Kevin Smith and asked Moon director Duncan Jones about his Movie Life .

The idea of the Smurfs film terrified us and we wondered just what was going on over at Spider-Man central as yet another writer - Gary Ross - was hired to work on the script for the fourth film. Seabiscuit as the villain, anyone?

Ryan Reynolds began his domination of comic book casting by winning the Green Lantern lead over Bradley Cooper and Justin Timberlake. In other comic book movie news,  Natalie Portman joined Thor's ever-growing eclectic cast to play the hero's Earthbound lady love.

Bruno faced a teen-friendly edit , we got our first proper look at ScarJo in her leather Iron Man 2 togs, Nic Cage signed on to Green Hornet (but not for long) and the Tron sequel launched its viral campaign.

Talking of Tron 2 - or Tron: Legacy as we'd come to know it - the film exploded at Comic Con as the geek mega convention hit San Diego bringing new footage delights and several announcements.

We got to meet the new Freddy Krueger , see the Green Hornet's ride , take a peek at some Avatar footage (and be present for Jim Cameron's announcement of the Avatar Day screenings), hear Robert Zemeckis talk up Roger Rabbit 2 (even if he was his usual evasive self), chat with Tim Burton about Alice In Wonderland , Peter Jackson about The Hobbit , James Cameron (again) about Avatar and cheer on the first Iron Man 2 presentation, which rocked Hall H.

We also chronicled the entire con in our exhaustive (and often exhausting to write) diary , then came home to ask Judd Apatow about his career.

Towards the end of the month, The Proposal saw Sandra Bullock score a romcom hit and Lars von Trier made a similar film about love with Antichrist (okay, not so much - chaos reigns!)

And then there was talking rodent with G-Force , Will Ferrell flopping with Land Of The Lost and Tony Scott remaking The Taking Of Pelham 123 with more 'splosions.

July wrapped up with author Maurice Sendak talking Where The Wild Things Are , The Wolf Man shifting release dates yet again, a trailer for Toy Story 3D and two bombshells - Ridley Scott would return to the Alien franchise and Bryce Dallas Howard taking over one of the Twilight roles.

On to August…

Next: August



The month set sail with a rumour (since confirmed by the man himself) that Rob Marshall would take over the helm of Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, while Steven Spielberg waded into the remake debate with plans to direct a new Harvey.

Zack Snyder recruited one of his Watchmen women, Carla Gugino, for Sucker Punch and we scored a nifty exclusive set of images from Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg's new World War Two TV drama The Pacific .

Trailer-wise, we were watching the first promo for Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones and the beautiful footage for Where The Wild Things Are helped cheer us up after news that John Hughes had died.

We paid tribute to the man with a feature, but also tackled Creepy Kids , The Coolest Movies Being Made , the Sexiest - And Silliest Movie Costumes , and 15 Greatest Movie Shorts On You Tube .

We were also busy watching the mad GI Joe: The Rise Of Cobra , the scary/silly Orphan , the awful Imagine That and the affectiing, emotional Sin Nombre .

Life moved on, and so did the month, bringing word that The Green Hornet finally had a Kato in place and that someone actually wanted to make a LEGO film.

Bryan Singer was a hot topic as he threw his hat back into the Galactica ring with plans for a BSG movie (nothing to do with the TV show, sadly) and pondered remaking Excalibur . How not to win friends and influence people, we fear...

The idea of the Wolverine sequel got a boost when Chris McQuarrie was announced as writing the script, Bourne 4 struggled on through development with yet another writer and Simon Pegg joined forces with John Landis for the superb-sounding Burke & Hare .

Even though he was still shooting the thing, Chris Nolan slackened our jaws with an early Inception trailer and we giggled through the promo for Zombieland . Plus we got new trailers for little known movies like, er, Avatar and New Moon .

Our horror gurus took themselves to Fright Fest 2009 and spent a few days reviewing the horror delights on offer. In even scarier news (for different reasons), Rob Zombie decided to remake The Blob .

As Avatar approached, we brought you our exhaustive A-Z all about it, and looked at the Story Behind The Hurt Locker.

Our features month rounded up with us getting exclusive sit-downs with Terry Gilliam and Leonardo DiCaprio .

In the cinema, we were delighted by Inglourious Basterds , less-than-terrified by The Final Destination, amused by Funny People and knocked out of our seats by The Hurt Locker .

As August drew to a close we learned that Bad Boys III was in development and, in the now traditional bombshell, Disney bought Marvel .

Hello, September...

Next: September



Comic book adaptations launched the month with a report that Jon Favreau would direct Cowboys Vs Aliens and Guy Ritchie might just follow Sherlock Holmes with DC's outer space antihero Lobo .

David Fincher began to cast his Aaron Sorkin-scripted look at the birth of Facebook as Jessie Eisenberg  and Justin Timberlake signed on for The Social Network and we also got a look at some more Wild Things footage (can you say obsessed?)

Steven Soderbergh switched genres again, announcing he was planning spy movie Knockout with a female star, and Oliver Stone took a moment to talk up Wall Street 2 .

We had a wealth of George Clooney action thanks to a Fantastic Mr Fox featurette and a clip from Jason "Juno" Reitman's Up In The Air.

Back in Blighty, there was the superb trailer for Shane Meadows Le Donk And Scor-Zay-Zee , and Edgar Wright got to work debunking the idea that he'd make Ant Man with Pixar.

He-Man discovered a problem even the power of Greyskull couldn't defeat - studio politics (though he may yet make it to the screen) and The A-Team got a casting boost with Sharlto Copley on as Murdock and Jessica Biel sexing things up as an army officer chasing down the gang.

Over in features-land, we learned How To Make A Horror Movie , celebrated The Unsung Heroes Of Spinal Tap , made you laugh with 9 Misheard Director's Cuts and considered the 20 Greatest Horror Films You've Never Seen .

After watching some footage from Toy Story 3 , we also had John Lasseter talking up that and Cars 2 while there was more sequel news with Charlize Theron agreeing to Hancock 2 .

Jeff Bridges , meanwhile, was rumoured to be working with his Coen chums again for their new version of True Grit, we rejoiced at the news that Inglourious Basterds highlight Christoph Waltz would be Green Hornet's new villain and watched the new Christmas Carol trailer.

(500) Days Of Summer
charmed us at the cinema, and District 9 rocked. Dorian Gray , sadly, did not. And we finally got to see the long-delayed Adventureland .

The second half of the month brought a gut punch as Patrick Swayze lost his battle with cancer. We remembered both the man and one of his best movies .

Duncan Jones showed off some concept art for his still-gestating Moon follow-up, the future noir Mute and we got some exclusive pics of TF lady-obsession Megan Fox in her Jennifer's Body cheerleading outfit.

Lauren Shuler Donner chatted about the future of the X-Men franchise and other Fox Marvel films, and we found out that Highlander will be remade. There can only be one… more?

David Goyer, meanwhile, let us know his plans for the Ghost Rider sequel and Cronenberg signed on to reboot his version of The Fly. Well, maybe…

We loved Fish Tank (and dove into the story behind it), we thought Whiteout was a snowy mess, sort-of enjoyed Gamer and found the fun in Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs . But not in Surrogates .

We pondered 15 Lessons That Star Trek 2 Can Learn From Battlestar Galactica and mocked the 30 Worst Blockbusters .

Finally, September wrapped with Roman Polanski getting arrested after heading to Switzerland for a film festival and the final (possible) shocker that Johnny Depp might just leave the Pirates franchise after old mate and studio executive Dick Cook was let go… Dun… Dun… Duuur!

Roll on October!

Next: October



Ah, October… Chillier weather, darker nights and thoughts of horror movies.

But first, there was the idea of Hugh Jackman joining Shawn Levy's robodrama Real Steel to consider, along with the first images of the Green Hornet costume. It was green, in case you were wondering.

We looked ahead to the future and Michael Bay chattering on about how he's gearing up Transformers 3, while the threequel theme continued with Quentin Tarantino teasing everyone with when he might make another Kill Bill .

Trailer time rolled around and we watched Up In The Air , a full trailer for Toy Story 3 (hooray!) and a promo for The Expendables (explodalicious!)

For features, we pondered The 30 Greatest Movie Cameos and 20 Jaw-Dropping Pixar Moments . With Twilight never far from our minds, we matched up several fang club members for Battle Royale: Movie Vampires , then brought you the A-Z Of Twilight .

Dipping our toes into web controversy, we argued Why Christopher Nolan Must Recast Batman and went Movie By Movie with Terry Gilliam.

But there was still time for fun - such as the 20 Greatest Martial Arts Movie Fights and frights with The Story Behind Paranormal Activity .

Among the early film treats were Zombieland , Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee and Up , which proved to be another Pixar winner. The Invention Of Lying and Pandorum , however, were a little more disappointing.

Jeff Bridges talked exclusively to us about Tron: Legacy and we had a nice, intimate sit down with Robert Pattinson (steady, ladies).

New Line decided that what the world really needed was another sequel to National Lampoon's Vacation and Lars von Trier turned his thoughts to the disaster genre.

Neil Marshall looks like he's sticking with horror for Burst , while Jon Favreau admitted he really wouldn't have time for The Avengers .

The Wolf Man howled at us in a brand new, rockier trailer and Charlize Theron signed on for Mad Max 4 - with Tom Hardy taking the iconic lead role.

We had a double dose of Damon (Matt, that is) with trailers for Invictus and Green Zone , then saw out the month with the much improved Avatar promo and word that Anthony Hopkins would star in Thor .

Couples Retreat proved to be about as much fun as a rainy day trip to Clacton, The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus was good but not classic Gilliam and The Fantastic Mr Fox was a fun trifle, while This Is It had them dancing in the aisles (and to the top of the box office).

Finally, we had you, our hilarious readers, contribute to a feature with winning results for 18 Twittered Typo Remakes , kept the Halloween spirit alive with 8 Genius Horror Movie Mashups and 18 Awesome Halloween Costumes and rounded it all off with an exclusive Guillermo del Toro chat about The Hobbit .

November, we call to you...

Next: November



November was a stormy month, but the winds brought lots of trailers. We kicked off with Prince Of Persia and Jake Gyllenhaal leaping like a mad man.
Sherlock Holmes was another action-filled promo, while Salt showed Angelina Jolie can still kick ass. And, talking of kick ass, there was… Kick-Ass .

DreamWorks decided that the future will be full of technological terror, spearheading the 79th project about the robopocalypse so far this year.

Still, they won't get a robot to present the Oscars, at least not yet. As we were suggesting 21 Stars Who Could Host The Oscars , the producers picked Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin .

Our Megan Fox obsession showed no signs of abating as we poked fun at the 20 Most-Viewed Megan Fox YouTube Moments , and corralled 12 Ads That Should Be Movies . There was also time, in between defusing a bomb at 00:03 and falling down while escaping from a masked killer, to pinpoint The 47 Greatest Movie Cliches .

Films? We saw some. It was a bit of a three star month, to be honest, thanks to Jennifer's Body , The Men Who Stare At Goats , Harry Brown , 2012 and Taking Woodstock , but Bright Star shined.

New Moon got two stars. We await the avalanche of Twi-Hard hate.

The trend for board games as movies continued with Sony nabbing Risk and the terrible idea that Yogi Bear should be a live-action/CG hybrid got voices in the shape of Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake (as Boo Boo. No, really).

Jake Gyllenhaal (him again) went sci-fi for Duncan Jones' actual next film, Source Code , while JJ abrams was uncovered developing a largely secret project called 500 Rads .

Guillermo del Toro revealed he'd be cameoing in The Hobbit and Pete Docter let slip that his next film might not be Monsters, Inc 2 but an original Pixar production. Plus Harvey Keitel decided that what he really wanted to do was join the Fockers franchise. The Wolf would not approve!

We got some exclusive face time with Avatar stars Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington and were saddened to learn that Edward Woodward died.

There was space for Bruno to pick his Movie Top 10, an exclusive interview with Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow chatting Iron Man.

We spoke to James Cameron about his own movies and the cast of Fight Club about their movie , which inspired us to start our own Fight Club.

Next, we came up with 12 possible plots for Alien 5 , gazed in wonder at 99 jaw-dropping movie moments , and convinced the director of Paranormal Activity to tell us how to make a horror movie .

After picking 1 5 directors who should save up and buy the Terminator franchise , we turned our brilliant brains to casting and picked 18 actresses to play Black Cat in Spider-Man 4 .

We asked you to use your brilliant brains to choose your favourite movies of the decade we asked Sasha Grey to tell us the movies that defined her and we asked ourselves what 49 films would definite 2010 .

But we're not done yet!

Next: December



December's only just begun, but we've still mananged to fit plenty in.

Sadly, we discovered that Paul Greengrass won't be doing Bourne 4 , it'll be a while until we see Kill Bill 3 , and it'll be ages until we're done with the Twilight franchise. Boos all round.

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