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Matthew Lillard

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Matthew Lyn Lillard (born January 24, 1970) is an American actor. He is probably best known for his roles as Stevo in SLC Punk, Shaggy Rogers in the Scooby-Doo film series, and as Stu Macher in Scream. Lillard was born in Lansing, Michigan, and grew up in Tustin, California. After high school, he was hired as an extra for Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College (1991). He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California, with fellow actor Paul Rudd, and later, the theater school Circle in the Square in New York City.

Lillard married Heather Helm in 2000. The couple have two daughters, Addison Grace and Macey Lyn, and a son, Liam.

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Serial Mom

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Serial Mom (1994) is an American satirical black comedy written and directed by John Waters, starring Kathleen Turner as the titular character, Sam Waterston as her husband, and Ricki Lake and Matthew Lillard as her daughter and son. Despite statements to the contrary in the movie, the story is completely fictional. Patty Hearst, Suzanne Somers, Joan Rivers, Traci Lords and Brigid Berlin make cameos. Universal Studios Home Entertainment and Focus Features released a collector's edition DVD of the film on May 6, 2008. The original HBO Home Video DVD release is out of print.

Movies by Waters' creative influences, including Russ Meyer, Otto Preminger, William Castle and Herschell Gordon Lewis, are seen playing on television sets throughout the film.

Behind her genteel facade, Baltimore housewife Beverly Sutphin (Kathleen Turner) is really a sociopathic serial killer, cheerfully decimating those whom she deems a threat to her traditional family values. However, after the police finally expose her heinous crimes, she finds herself thrust into the spotlight and becomes an unwitting celebrity.

Beverly Sutphin (Turner) appears to be a typical suburban housewife living with her dentist husband Eugene (Waterston) and their children Misty (Lake) and Chip (Lillard). In fact, she is really a violent sociopath whose polite manners and socially correct habits – she recycles and never wears white shoes after Labor Day – conceal her criminal behavior.

Beverly's overblown reactions to everyday events lead her to committing murder. When Mr. Stubbins (John Badila), Chip's high school math teacher, criticizes her son's mordant fascination with violent horror films, she runs over him with her car, killing him. When she sees her neighbor, Rosemary Ackerman (Mary Jo Catlett), spilling litter everywhere while putting out her garbage, she flies into a murderous rage over her failure to recycle, although her rage is tempered by the arrival of the garbage men. When Misty is stood up by a date, Carl Pageant (Lonnie Horsey), and seeing him with another girl, she impales him with a fireplace poker in the men's restroom.

When the Sutphins go to church that Sunday (followed by a fleet of police cars), they hear a news report on the car radio naming Beverly as the suspect in two more murders – Betty (Kathy Fannon) and Ralph Sterner (Doug Roberts) – which she killed for calling Dr. Sutphin into the office on a Saturday morning and for eating chicken (Beverly is an avid bird-watcher). When they arrive at church, they are met with scorn and suspicion by the other congregates. The church's message board announces that the day's sermon is "Capital Punishment & You." During his sermon, the priest tries to justify the death penalty by rhetorically suggesting that Jesus Christ could have spoken out against capital punishment while he was being crucified.

Police detectives confirm that Beverly's fingerprints match those at the Sterner crime scene and attempt to arrest her, but Chip and Birdie help her escape. They hide her at Chip's video rental store, where she overhears a customer named Mrs. Jensen bickering with Chip over paying a fee for failing to rewind a videotape. After renting the film version of Annie, Mrs. Jensen calls Chip a "son of a psycho." After she leaves, Chip and Birdie discover Beverly missing and realize she's en route to Mrs. Jensen's house.

Beverly enters Mrs. Jensen's house while she's watching the opening credits of Annie and singing along to "Tomorrow," then bludgeons her to death with a leg of lamb in a style reminiscent of the Roald Dahl story Lamb to the Slaughter. She then notices one of Chip's friends, Scotty (Justin Whalin), spying from a window and begins chasing him. She tries to stab him with a knife through the car's convertible roof while yelling at him, "Buckle your seat belt!" Scotty drives off, but Beverly carjacks a passing van and follows him to Hammerjack's, where the all-girl band Camel Lips (L7) is playing. Scotty tries to escape by running on stage, but Beverly causes a light fixture to fall on him and sets him on fire using a cigarette lighter and an aerosol can. Her family arrives to see Scotty die and the police arrest Beverly.

Beverly's trial becomes a national sensation. She is dubbed "Serial Mom" by the media, and a TV movie about the case starring Suzanne Somers is planned. Chip hires an agent to manage the family's media appearances, while Misty and her new boyfriend, a reporter for The Baltimore Sun, sell merchandise about their mother's trial outside the courthouse.

During opening arguments, Beverly notices that a member of the jury (Patricia Hearst) is wearing white shoes after Labor Day, a fashion faux pas. When she tries to bring this to the attention of her attorney, he dismisses her and claims that Beverly is not guilty by reason of insanity. This causes Beverly to ask that her lawyer be fired and that she be permitted to represent herself. The judge reluctantly agrees and the trial begins.

Beverly proves to be quite formidable defending herself at trial. When Dottie Hinkle testifies that Beverly is her prank phone caller, Beverly's courtroom antics cause Dottie to explode in a cursing fit and the judge holds her in contempt of court. When Mrs. Ackerman takes the stand, Beverly destroys her credibility by revealing that it was her magazine which was the source for the nuisance letters to Dottie Hinkle, her fire poker used to kill Carl Pagent as he'd bought a chipped Fabergé Egg and her scissors found at the murder scene of the Sterners. Finally in a tense moment, Beverly forces Mrs Ackerman to admit that she doesn't recycle which provokes disgust from the jury. During the testimony of the man (Tom Caggiano) who saw her in a restroom stall with the poker just before Carl's murder, Beverly fans her legs, sexually arousing the man and at the very last shot she spreads her legs wide apart causing him to commit perjury. Loretta Hodges, the stoner who saw Beverly murder Mr. Stubbins is discredited by her intoxicated demeanor, only recalling a blue car rather than a blue stationwagon. Beverly questions a police detective about the merits of judging her a criminal from her reading materials by snooping through her garbage, bolstering her argument by displaying a pornographic magazine called Chicks with Dicks, which she claims was found in the detective's trash by her garbagemen friends (Bus Howard and Alan J. Wendl). Finally during the second detective's testimony, the entire courtroom is starstruck and completely distracted from crucial evidence by the sudden appearance of Suzanne Somers, who would be portraying Beverly in a TV movie.

However, other critics lauded Waters' style and savage satire of America's obsession with true crime, such as when Beverly Sutphins daughter, Misty, is seen selling T-shirts outside the courthouse where her mother's fate will be decided. As a result of this mixed reaction, the film had a poor box office showing, as the $13 million dollar movie earned less than $8 million in domestic box office sales, although it gained a cult audience after its release on video.

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Scream (film)

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Scream is a 1996 film directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson. The film revitalized the slasher film genre in the mid 1990s, similar to the impact Halloween (1978) had on late 1970s film, by using a standard concept with a tongue-in-cheek approach that combined straightforward scares with dialogue that satirized slasher film conventions. The film features many teen idols of the time, including: Neve Campbell, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Lillard, Drew Barrymore, David Arquette and Courteney Cox Arquette.

Scream became a major commercial success upon its release, and was one of the highest grossing films of 1996. It was also highly acclaimed by many critics worldwide, who appreciated the film's tongue-in-cheek approach. It received an 84% "fresh" rating on As a result it spawned two sequels, Scream 2 and Scream 3. A fourth film was announced by The Weinstein Company in July 2008.

Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore) answers the phone, the man who has called saying he has the wrong number. He calls again, and from there the scene turns into the ultimate trivia contest. If Casey answers the horror based trivia questions right, she and her boyfriend, Steve (Kevin Patrick Walls) get to live. Answer wrong and she dies. She gets a trick question though, "Who is the killer in Friday the 13th?" The man on the other end doesn't say if it is the series or the first film. She answers Jason; in the original film it is his mother. The caller reveals Casey's boyfriend Steve is tied up outside. He is murdered before her eyes.

The caller promises Casey another round, but suddenly, a chair smashes the patio doors, and Casey runs out of the house, armed with a kitchen knife. However, she is caught by a cloaked figure in a mask and stabbed in the shoulder and then strangled. With her last bit of strength, Casey takes off the killer's mask, and sees his face. She is surprised to find out who it is, but the killer's identity isn't revealed to the audience. When her parents return home, they find the house trashed and their daughter missing, indicated by the popcorn that has still been left to cook on the stove. Her mother finds that Casey has been gutted and hung to a tree in the back garden.

The movie then cuts to Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), who is attempting to cope with the anniversary of her mother's brutal rape and murder. The following night, while at home alone, the killer, who calls his/her victims on the phone and taunts them before attacking, invades her house and attempts to kill her. The killer is known as Ghostface, who wears a Halloween costume reminiscent of Edvard Munch's painting The Scream.

Sidney tries to sort through the trauma of being attacked and, in reaction to circumstantial evidence, points an accusatory finger at her boyfriend Billy Loomis, played by Skeet Ulrich. She decides to stay at the home of her friend Tatum Riley (Rose McGowan) and Tatum's brother Dwight, nicknamed Dewey (David Arquette), the Deputy sheriff. While there, she receives a phone call from the killer. Billy is released, as he could not have placed the call from jail, however it is later discovered that it was possible for him to have used his one allowed phone call to call her from jail.

Already under considerable stress, Sidney is forced to deal with the scandalization of her own attack by ambitious tabloid television newswoman Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox). Gale is responsible for a tell-all book revealing the promiscuous affair between Sidney's mother and her convicted killer, Cotton Weary (Liev Schreiber). School is soon canceled as a precautionary measure, leaving the building temporarily abandoned. Despite the closing, the school principal (Henry Winkler) is killed while in school and Sidney encounters her attacker a second time, barely managing to escape. Unaware of their principal's fate, the teenagers plan a party. They are joined by Randy Meeks (Jamie Kennedy), a horror movie buff, and Tatum's boyfriend Stu Macher (Matthew Lillard), who suggested the party. The party quickly becomes a bloodbath as the killer murders Tatum, who dies when she becomes stuck inside an automatic garage door.

Meanwhile, Gale, sensing the potential for a major scoop, hides a video camera inside the house. She then goes outside and begins searching for anything suspicious, with the help of officer Dewey. Meanwhile, at the party, Billy shows up and is confronted by Sidney; they eventually head upstairs and have sex. The partygoers soon receive word of the principal's death, and head to the school football field to find his corpse.

After sex, Billy is stabbed by the killer while getting dressed, forcing Sidney to run out of the room to escape the killer. She escapes out the window where she looks up at the garage and sees Tatum's dead body. Randy, watching television, narrowly avoids death when the killer walks up behind him only to be interrupted by Sidney's screams. The killer leaves Randy unnoticed and chases after Sidney instead. Inside Gale's news van, her cameraman Kenny (W. Earl Brown) witnesses the killer's attempts to murder Randy and then lets a running Sidney inside. Kenny steps outside the van to try to warn Randy, but has his throat slashed by the killer.

Dewey leaves the house, and falls down to reveal a knife in his back. Sidney runs back to the house where she is greeted by Randy and Stu, who are presented as the only remaining suspects. When they both accuse each other of being the killer, Sidney does not know who to trust, and slams the door in their faces.

Billy comes falling down the stairs, not dead, but seriously injured. Sidney helps him up and gives him a gun for safety. Suddenly, Billy shoots Randy, and shows the blood on his chest is corn syrup (as used in the production of Carrie). Sidney turns and finds Stu, who unveils the voice-changing box.

Finally, the truth is revealed: The murders were planned and carried out by Billy and Stu, as a means for getting revenge on Sidney's mother; it is revealed that Sidney's mother had an affair with Billy's father and this was the reason for the demise of Billy's parents' marriage. It is also revealed that it was Billy who murdered Sidney's mother and not Cotton Weary, who was convicted of the murder based upon Sidney's testimony; Billy's rage over his parents splitting up because of the affair with Sidney's mother turned him into a murderer. Sidney is saved by Gale, however briefly, (she forgot about the gun's safety) until she is again knocked unconscious. Stu and Billy also reveal they have abducted Sidney's father and it was his cellphone they used to make their ominous phone calls, and that they planned to murder Sidney and her father by shooting him in the head and making it seem as if he committed suicide after committing the murders. Stu and Billy then stab each other in non-vital places to make it seem like they were victims of Mr. Prescott's emotional and murderous breakdown while getting away with committing the murders. Things begin to fall apart though; Billy stabs Stu too deeply and he begins to bleed profusely. Sidney then manages to escape while they're dealing with Gale, before she kills Stu in self defense. Randy shows he is still alive, crediting it to the fact that he is a virgin. Billy gets up and begins to choke Sidney to death, when he is shot by Gale. Randy warns Sidney and Gale that he'll "come back to life" for one more scare. However, immediately after he does, Sidney shoots him in the head, finally killing him. Dewey is shown being carried away in a stretcher, alive. Gale making an impromptu report on the events of the previous night as the authorities finally arrive on the crime scene.

Steve - He dies first.

The film features numerous in-jokes and references to other horror projects. The victims in Scream are quite self-aware: they each make clear their familiarity with, and poke fun at, teen slasher and horror flicks, which sets up their fairly ironic responses to the film's situations.

Two of the most common references are to A Nightmare on Elm Street and its director Wes Craven. In the audio commentary for the DVD, Craven says that he almost took out the line where Casey Becker says the first A Nightmare on Elm Street was good but the rest sucked, because he thought it would make him seem egotistical. However, it was pointed out to him that he had co-written the third film and also wrote and directed the seventh. A Nightmare on Elm Street is also referenced in the high school janitor. Fred, played by Craven, wears an outfit resembling Freddy Krueger's. Later in the film, Tatum tells Sidney that she is "sounding like a Wes Carpenter flick", a fictional name created from compounding the names Wes Craven and John Carpenter (co-producer of the first three installments in the Halloween film series, co-writer of the first two, and director of the first).

At one point Billy sneaks into Sidney's room through her window, startling her, in a way that quotes Glen sneaking into Nancy's room in A Nightmare on Elm Street. The similarity between the scenes in emphasized by the physical resemblance Skeet Ulrich, who plays Billy's character, bears to the young Johnny Depp, who played Glen's character.

In addition to its director, Halloween is referenced many times throughout the film. When Casey's parents come home and see that something is wrong, her father says to her mother, "Drive down to the Mackenzies'", which is a quote from Halloween. During the party scene, Randy Meeks, Stu Macher and the other party goers are watching the horror film. They watch many famous scenes such as Michael Myers murdering Bob, as well as Laurie Strode discovering her friend's dead bodies scattered in the bedroom. The song that Billy puts on when he and Sidney are making out in her room is a cover version of "Don't Fear the Reaper" which was featured in Halloween in the scene where Laurie and Annie are driving to their babysitting jobs.

Billy's surname, Loomis, is the same as that of Donald Pleasence's character in Halloween (1978), which in turn was the name of Marion Crane's lover in Psycho. In a similar fashion to Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), Scream's highly-billed star Drew Barrymore dies early in the film. Referring to Crane's similar premature murder, Robin Wood writes of the "alienation effect" of killing of the "apparent center of the film." In the later stages of the film, Billy Loomis quotes Norman Bates, saying "We all go a little mad sometimes." Licking his fake blood, Loomis says that it is actually corn syrup and food coloring, "the same stuff they used as pig's blood in Carrie".

As Stu and Billy reveal themselves to Sidney as the killers, they stand head to head, echoing a famous still photo from the film The Thing With Two Heads (1972).

When Casey (Drew Barrymore) is dragged across the lawn by her murderer it strongly resembles a scene from Dementia 13.

The blood pooling at Gale's (Courtney Cox) feet by the news van is reminiscent of a scene in Night of the Living Dead where blood pools on the floor by Barbra's feet (played by Judith O'Dea).

Many films are briefly mentioned during a scene in which Billy and Stu visit Randy at work at a video store. Films Randy mentions include Candyman, The Howling, Prom Night, Everybody's All-American. Frankenstein is showing on the monitors.

Sidney mentions The Town That Dreaded Sundown while she, Dewey and Tatum are buying food for the party.

During the party scene, the partygoers are struggling with which movie to watch. The possibilities include The Evil Dead, Hellraiser, The Fog and Terror Train. Clerks is seen as a videotape on top of a television. During the party scene, when Billy arrives, Randy exclaims "What's Leatherface doing here?". Leatherface is the antagonist in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

In addition to mentioning several horror films throughout the film, many minor characters were portrayed by actors that have worked with Wes Craven before and have also appeared in prominent horror films. For example, Linda Blair, who played Regan in "The Exorcist", also plays the obnoxious reporter who approaches Sidney when she first returns to school. Joseph Whipp, who plays Sheriff Burke in Scream, also plays the sheriff in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Frances Lee McCain, playing Mrs. Riley, also played the part of Billy's mother, Lynn Peltzer, in 1984's Gremlins.

Most notable of all, the climactic scene of the film revolves around the characters watching the movie Halloween, unaware that they themselves are being watched on a hidden camera with a time delay. At one point Randy (played by Jamie Kennedy) yells at the movie: "Look behind you, Jamie", unaware that there is also a killer behind him. Kenny watches this from inside the news van, and also yells: "Behind you, kid." despite the time delay meaning the warning is just as pointless as Randy's. The result is a movie character (Kenny) watching what the hidden camera in the room shows, giving advice to another movie character (Randy), also watching a movie, also giving advice to a movie character (in the movie he's watching).

In addition to this, the movie features cameos, such as Linda Blair and Henry Winkler and general references to Hollywood figures, such as Sharon Stone and Richard Gere. The Richard Gere scene mentions the well-known gerbil urban legend. Craven stated that he received calls from agents telling him that if he leaves that scene in, he would never work again.

The film opened in 1,413 theaters, taking $6,354,586 in its opening weekend. The film made almost 87 million dollars in its initial release, and was then re-released to theatres on April 11, 1997 and went on to make another 16 million, making total a domestic gross of $103,046,663, with, as of 2007, a worldwide lifetime gross of $173,046,663. It peaked at number 3 in the U.S. domestic box office. The film's success made it the highest grossing slasher movie as of 2009.

Scream ranked number 32 on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies and number 13 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments. In 2008, Entertainment Weekly dubbed the film a "New Classic" by ranking it number 60 in their list of the 100 Best Films of the Last 25 Years. The film received an 84% fresh rating on The film ranks 482nd on Empire magazine's 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.

The film won several awards, including Best Movie at the MTV Movie Awards 1997, and Saturn Awards for Best Actress (Neve Campbell), Best Writer and Best Horror Film. Craven was awarded the Grand Prize at the Gérardmer Film Festival.

The film inspired a revival of interest in the genre including Urban Legend, and I Know What You Did Last Summer. Two sequels were produced (Scream 2 and Scream 3), with Williamson's I Know What You Did Last Summer following in 1997. It was also the inspiration for several parody films such as the Scary Movie series. "Scary Movie" had been Scream's working title.

Ghostface's mask has become an icon in horror films, and has now become a staple mask during the Halloween season.

The film has been parodied many times on television. During the 1997 MTV Movie Awards, the opening scene was parodied, with Mike Myers calling and terrorizing Casey Becker instead of the film's killer, Ghostface.

One of the unique aspects of the film involved the mystery surrounding the identity of the killer (a plot device that had not been used for some time) and the twist ending in which it is revealed there are in fact two killers, which also became a popular trend amongst the horror revival that followed.

When Billy comes into Sidney's room at the beginning of the movie a cover of Blue Öyster Cult's song "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" performed by Gus Black is played. This song is played in the first Halloween film when Annie and Laurie are on their way to baby-sit.

The theme song for all three movies is "Red Right Hand" by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

An alternate version of the music video "Drop Dead Gorgeous" by Republica featuring clips from the film was shown on music networks such as MTV. Although the song can be heard in the film, it does not show up on the soundtrack album. The song was also used in one of the TV promo spots for the film.

The soundtrack album was released on December 17, 1996 featuring songs from the film. A CD featuring Marco Beltrami's orchestral music for Scream and Scream 2 was released on the Varèse Sarabande label in 1997.

The original, gorier version of the film was released on VHS in 1997. The box covers classified the film as rated "R" even though it was actually the unrated version. The unrated cut was only available on video when the film was released for sale to the general public while the rental version, released earlier that year, still contained the theatrical cut. The unrated version was officially released as "The Director's Cut" on laser disc but has yet to be released on DVD in America. The unrated version has been released on DVD in other regions such as Europe and Japan with quality varying. Differences in the film include: A shot of Steve's entrails falling out of his stomach; a longer, slower version of the shot where Casey's body is shown hanging from a tree; Tatum's head getting crushed by the garage door; More blood can be seen pouring down Kenny's chest after getting his throat slashed; A more graphic version of the scene where Stu and Billy stab each other.

When the film was released for sale on VHS in 1997 it was available in several different forms including three collectible covers with one featuring Drew Barrymore's face, one had Neve Campbell's face and the other had Courteney Cox's face. There was also a collector's set which came with the wide screen version of the film on one tape and another tape featuring the movie with audio commentary by Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson. The set also featured a special Scream phone card with 10 minutes of talk time and three large collector's cards with the faces of Drew, Neve and Courteney (the same images used on the special VHS covers).

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Dish Dogs

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Dish Dogs is a direct-to-DVD romantic comedy film released in 2000. It stars Sean Astin and Matthew Lillard and was directed by Robert Kubilos. The film is about the relationship between two friends and when they find love they must both go their separate ways.

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In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale


In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale is a 2008 fantasy film based on the Dungeon Siege video game series, which was directed by Uwe Boll. It is produced by Brightlight Pictures and distributed by Freestyle Releasing domestically (within the United States). 20th Century Fox will take distribution overseas. The MPAA granted the film a PG-13 for intense battle sequences. In the Name of the King was released in the United States on January 11, 2008.

Set in the kingdom of Ehb, the story follows a man called Farmer (Jason Statham), who was adopted by his village. When Farmer's wife, Solana (Claire Forlani), and his son leave to sell vegetables at the town of Stonebridge, Farmer's farm is attacked by creatures called Krugs. With the help of his friend and neighbor Norrick (Ron Perlman) he travels to Stonebridge; however, the Krugs kill his son and capture his wife. With the help of Norrick and Bastian (Will Sanderson), Farmer's brother-in-law, he intends to find and rescue his wife.

The Krug are being controlled by the wizard Gallian (Ray Liotta) who is amassing an army to overthrow King Konreid (Burt Reynolds), with the assistance of the King's nephew Fallow (Matthew Lillard).

Kristanna Loken previously played the lead role in Uwe Boll's BloodRayne. Will Sanderson has also been featured in all but one of Boll's video game-based films, starting from House of the Dead.

The movie was filmed near the Municipality of Sooke, the westernmost area of the Greater Victoria, Capital Regional District (CRD), British Columbia, Canada. Locals and First Nations people were recruited as extras and for other duties.

The movie premiered at Fantasia Festival 2007, with the cut rushed from the production studio, and director Uwe Boll hosting a Q&A session before its screening.

Boll has said that two versions will be produced due to length. The first will run for a little over 120 minutes as a single movie trimmed down for cinematic release. The second will be for DVD and run for approximately 165 minutes.

The DVD which was released on April 15, 2008 does not include the 165-minute version. The Blu-Ray release in December 2008 contains this edition.

German power metal band Blind Guardian recorded the movie's main theme, "Skalds and Shadows". British band Threshold contributed the song "Pilot in the Sky of Dreams" from their album Dead Reckoning. Swedish power metal band Hammerfall's song "The Fire Burns Forever" is featured in the movie. Wolfgang Herold was executive soundtrack producer.

In the Name of the King grossed $2.98 million in its U.S. opening, not cracking that week's top ten. As of February 13, 2008, it has grossed $10.3 million worldwide. Afterwards, Uwe Boll announced that this would be his first and last movie with a large budget.

The film received extremely negative reviews from critics. As of February 13, 2009, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 4% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 45 reviews. Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 15 out of 100, based on 11 reviews — indicating "extreme dislike or disgust." Many critics have attacked the film's close resemblances to other fantasy films, especially the popular Lord of the Rings films. Like most Uwe Boll movies, it is now included in many lists of the worst films of all time.

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Without Limits

Without Limits is a 1998 biographical film about the friendship between running star Steve Prefontaine and his coach Bill Bowerman, who had co-founded Nike, Inc. Billy Crudup plays Prefontaine and Donald Sutherland plays Bowerman. The film was written and directed by Robert Towne. The film also stars Monica Potter, Jeremy Sisto, Judith Ivey, Matthew Lillard and William Mapother.

Without Limits was produced by Tom Cruise (Cruise and Mapother are cousins) and Paula Wagner and Cruise/Wagner Productions, and released and distributed by Warner Brothers. Cruise originally wanted to play the role of Steve Prefontaine, but it was decided he was too old. Tommy Lee Jones turned down the part of Bill Bowerman.

Due to a very low-key promotional campaign, the $25 million film grossed only $777,000 at the box office but received mostly good reviews from major critics.

Sutherland received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Without Limits is often compared to Prefontaine, a similar movie on Prefontaine's life that was released a year earlier by Disney. While the two films both focus on the same events, the Disney film tells the story from the point of view of Bill Dellinger, the assistant coach who was with him day-to-day, and Nancy Alleman, Prefontaine's girlfriend at the time of his death. It includes a cast of Jared Leto as Prefontaine, Ed O'Neil as Bill Dellinger and R. Lee Ermey as Bill Bowerman. Siskel and Ebert reviewed it and gave it two thumbs up.

Without Limits is told from the point of view of Bill Bowerman (played by Donald Sutherland), with Dellinger as a minor character and Mary Marckx, who was a previous girlfriend of Prefontaine while at Oregon. In this film there is no Nancy Alleman, and Mary is his girlfriend all the way through. Bowerman is given guru status, whereas Ermey had portrayed Bowerman as more of a hard-line general-type.

In both films, Prefontaine is shown as headstrong and difficult to coach. Bowerman did remain active with the Oregon program and with Prefontaine after his retirement.

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Spanish Judges

Spanish Judges is 1999 direct-to-video crime drama film starring Matthew Lillard and Vincent D'onofrio. In Australia, the film was released under the title Ruthless Behaviour.

Jack (Lillard) is a con artist who sets out to enlist a couple to help him with a scam. Jack eventually meets up with two petty criminals, Max (D'onofrio) and Jamie (Valeria Golino). Max is a small time thief with high aspirations and low self-esteem, while Max's hot-tempered girlfriend Jamie collects poisons. After a game of cat and mouse, the couple agree to help with Jack in exchange for a piece of the action. Jack's scam involves recovering mysterious stolen merchandise, known as the Spanish Judges, and a briefcase containing a million dollars. With a buyer all lined up, Max and Jamie enlist their friend Piece (Mark Boone Junior), along with his girlfriend Mars Girl (Tamara Mello) for extra help. As the situation explodes, allegiances are tested and the slippery nature of the truth is finally revealed.

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SLC Punk!

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SLC Punk! is a 1998 American independent comedy-drama film written and directed by James Merendino. The movie is about the young punk rocker Steven Levy (Matthew Lillard), or "Stevo". The character is portrayed as an exaggerated stereotype of an anarchist punk in the mid 1980s. Many events and characters in the movie are allegedly based on real life, although they may have been exaggerated. SLC stands for Salt Lake City.

The character of Stevo is based on the life of writer/director James Merendino, although the character is named after Stephen Egerton, originally known as Stephen O'Rielly (Stevo), who played for the Salt Lake City punk band Massacre Guys, and eventually joined the L.A. bands Descendents and ALL.

The film outlines the daily lives of two punks in Salt Lake City. It is shot in a documentary, slice-of-life style, with frequent voiceovers by Stevo (Matthew Lillard), who narrates the film from the future, and his best friend Heroin Bob (Michael A. Goorjian). The nickname is ironic, since Bob is scared of needles and actually believes that any drug legal or otherwise is inherently dangerous.

Stevo and Bob live in Salt Lake City, going from party to party while living in an unheated loft. They spend much of their time fighting with members of other subcultures, particularly rednecks. Stevo has a casual relationship with a girl named Sandy (Jennifer Lien), while Heroin Bob is in love with Trish (Annabeth Gish), who runs a head shop, but he is reluctant to make a serious move.

The two of them are shaped by their experiences with their parents. Stevo's parents, now divorced, are ex-hippies who are proud of their youthful endeavors; however, Stevo is revolted by what he perceives as their "selling out", which they lamely try to justify. Stevo's grades are actually excellent, but when his father (Christopher McDonald)- a lawyer with a Porsche and a penchant for younger women - sends an application to Harvard and Stevo is accepted; he nevertheless rejects it because of his beliefs. By contrast, Bob's father is a paranoid, drunken wreck who mistakes his son and his friend for CIA operatives, and chases them away with a shotgun when they visit him on his birthday.

Stevo begins to see the drawbacks of living the punk life as the movie goes on. Sean, a fellow punk, accidentally overdoses on LSD and attacks his mother, before being taken away by the police; Stevo later finds him begging on the streets. While he understands that his relationship with Sandy is casual, he's still enraged when he discovers her making out with another man, and savagely beats him, later loathing himself for having become so violent. His social circle begins to drift away, one leaving town, another becoming passionately involved with the fight to save the rain forests. He falls in love on first sight when Trish introduces him to a young rich girl named Brandy (Summer Phoenix), who points out that his anarchic clothing and attitudes are more of a fashion choice than an actual political philosophy. Rather than being offended, Stevo takes the criticism thoughtfully.

A day later, at a party, Heroin Bob complains of a headache, and is given percodan, which he washes down with a fair amount of alcohol. The accidental OD kills him in his sleep. When Stevo discovers that his best friend is dead, he breaks down completely. At the funeral, he appears with a shaved head, and decides that he's had enough of the punk lifestyle. He decides to go to Harvard Law School, and suggests in the narration that he marries Brandy. However, he notes in his closing narration that his youthful self would probably kick his future self's ass, wryly describing himself as ultimately just another poser.

Writer-director James Merendino created the film based on his experience growing up as a Mohawk-wearing punk in Salt Lake City. Although not autobiographical, Merendino has said that many characters were based on people he knew.

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Source : Wikipedia