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Director: Kristian Levring; Screenwriter: Kristian Levring, Anders Thomas, Jensen; Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Jonathan Pryce; Running time: 92 mins; Certificate: 15
Every now and then a western will come along that threatens to revive the genre, but The Salvation - although stunningly photographed with cutting-edge technology - isn't one of those. In many ways it's resolutely old-fashioned and although putting a Dane (Mads Mikkelsen) at the heart of the story is an unconventional move, it's also an act of defiance, or indifference - a refusal to pander to a modern, mainstream audience. In short, this is a western strictly for people who love westerns.
Revenge is the spark for a traditionally simple plot that uses archetypes and clichés like a sort of cinematic comfort blanket, except that shocking bursts of violence keep it from being too warmly nostalgic. The worst of it comes at the beginning »
The Man Who Saved The World tells the incredible story of a Russian Lieutenant Colonel mixes fact and fiction to create a gripping historical thriller and personal redemption story. September 26th, 1983, Stanislav Petrov saves the world from disaster at the peak of the Cold War when tensions between the Us and Russia are running high. Decades later, he lives alone in a one bedroom flat on the outskirts of Moscow, his life unravelling around him. But then the United Nations invite Stanislav to New York to reward him for his contribution to the world today and as he embarks on a spectacular journey to save himself, meeting Robert De Niro, Matt Damon and Kevin Costner on the way, this unlikely real life hero reminds us how close we came to Apocalypse and how precarious the world still is today. The Man Who Saved The World is Danish director Peter Anthony’s first feature length documentary. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Kat Kourbeti chats with Rich Graff about Making of the Mob: NY…
Kat Kourbeti: Congratulations on your new role in ‘Making of the Mob: NY’. What drew you to the part of Lucky Luciano? How did you approach the process of morphing into such a notorious gangster? What was it like on set of this project – any tit bits you can share?
Rich Graff: At the age of 11, I moved to Howard Beach, NY. I didn’t know it at the time, but most of my friend’s fathers were the head of the Gambino crime family. My best friend was Peter Gotti, John Gotti’s youngest son. Others included Angelo Ruggerio’s sons and Jimmie Burke’s son; Jimmie Conway as portrayed in the movie Goodfellas. Without ever having to commit a crime, I know exactly how these people lived, killed, and socialized. As I got older and »
- Gary Collinson
This month Alan Rickman's A Little Chaos, Ryan Gosling's Lost River and Russell Crowe's The Water Diviner see these performers make the dizzying leap from actor to director. But in which of their colleagues' footsteps might they follow?
We take a look at six different categories of actor-turned-directors.
Too handsome to be a supporting actor, and lacking the gravitas of a major star, Ben Affleck looked to be heading towards Kilmer-ville before he released Gone Baby Gone, a dark Dennis Lehane thriller he co-wrote and directed, with brother Casey taking the lead. Follow-up The Town proved solid, but his next effort, Argo, was a surprise Best Picture winner. The fact Affleck didn't receive a Director nomination suggests he's not yet been forgiven for the likes of Gigli, but the forthcoming Lehane adaptation Live By Night should fix that.
As an actor, Clint Eastwood's flinty »
Spoiler alert: Do not read unless you’ve watched the season-one finale of “Better Call Saul.”
Season one of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” came to a close last night with Bob Odenkirk’s Jimmy McGill seemingly leaving behind any notions of trying to be a decent and honorable member of the legal profession. Variety spoke with “Saul” co-creator Peter Gould, who also wrote and directed the finale, about several key moments from the episode and what’s in store for season two.
The opening-title image for the finale was Saul’s famous World’s Greatest Lawyer coffee cup falling to the ground and smashing. Any special significance to that choice?
We had this idea during production of a different image behind the titles every week. We had quite a few, but this one was actually shot on one of the last days of production. We happened »
- Geoff Berkshire
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Monday's Better Call Saul finale, "Marco."] Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) is in the fast lane to the criminal under world. The struggling attorney closed out season one of AMC's Better Call Saul with a promise to himself — that he'd never let trying to do the right thing stand in his way again. The personal revelation came after he returned to his hometown of Cicero, Illinois and reconnected with his Slippin' Jimmy days (and treated Breaking Bad fans to the time he convinced a woman he was Kevin Costner). Read More 'Better Call Saul': Bob Odenkirk
- Aaron Couch
Nobody does romance like Nicholas Sparks! Now, the latest adaptation of Sparks’ work is getting the big screen treatment and heading into theatres this Friday.
The Longest Ride tells two parallel tales of love and loss that explore the nature of what it means to sacrifice it all for the one you love. Sophia (Tomorrowland’s Britt Robertson), and Luke (Scott Eastwood) are unlikely lovers whose lives become intertwined with a much older man, Ira (Alan Alda). As he reflects on his long lost love, we see his story of the past unfold through Jack Huston and Oona Chaplin whose romance offers wisdom and insight to the younger couple.
The Longest Ride marks the 10th film adaptation of a Sparks novel. While The Notebook might be the most popular of his page-to-screen adaptations, it was 1999’s Message in a Bottle with Kevin Costner and Robin Wright that began the wave »
- Rachel West
Origin stories usually move pretty fast. A radioactive spider bite, and voila, you’re Spider-Man.
By contrast, “Better Call Saul” – which capped off its first season on Monday night – took the slow boat in establishing this “Breaking Bad” prequel/spinoff, gradually charting the descent of Jimmy McGill, played by Bob Odenkirk, to the money-grubbing drug lawyer he played for comic relief, Saul Goodman, on that earlier series.
The goodwill invested in “Breaking Bad” fostered patience, which was largely required to reach Monday’s finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched), which pointedly marked the moment when Jimmy shed any higher aspirations and decided to embrace an anything-for-a-buck mentality presumably leading into the grimy world he will eventually occupy.
That decision followed two vital events: The betrayal by his brother Chuck (Michael McKean), who was exposed as having no respect for Jimmy as a lawyer; and his return to his con-man ways, »
- Brian Lowry
A review of the "Better Call Saul" season finale coming up just as soon as I know what a Chicago sunroof is... "I know what stopped me. And you know what? It's never stopping me again." -Jimmy There's a moment early in "Marco" where Jimmy and Kim walk past the dented trash can in the Hhm parking garage — a reminder of so many of Jimmy's early frustrations with his brother's law firm — and he assures her that he's at peace with what he learned about Chuck. It seems, just then, that the "Better Call Saul" creative team — most of them (like co-creator Peter Gould, who wrote and directed the finale) veterans of "Breaking Bad," a show largely defined by the patient way it moved through its arcs — will be playing a particularly long game in getting us from Jimmy McGill to Saul Goodman. Chuck's betrayal was a brutal blow, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.
It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.
To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.
One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district, »
- Movie Geeks
Time flies. Believe it or not, we’re now three full months into the 2015 movie calendar, which means we’re literally a quarter of the way through the film slate. That got me thinking about what the best of the bunch so far this year has been. Since now is the time when the film slate begins to transition into summer flicks (cough, Furious 7, cough) and counter programming independent fare, I thought it was the perfect time to praise the best of 2015 so far. Basically, anything that hit screens between January 1st and March 31st will be up for grabs here for my personal honors. I do have one release from this weekend that I’ve included, but only because of how eager I am to talk about it. Other than that, there’s no cheating…I swear! Below you’ll find my top ten of the year so far, »
- Joey Magidson
Play ball! With Baseball season coming next week, I wanted to do something a little bit fun and look at not just the best sports movies, but the best baseball movies ever made. There’s more than a few to choose from, with a solid handful starring Kevin Costner, I might add. I’m even going to make some potentially controversial choices, as you’ll see below. It’s all in good fun though, and as I get set to spend another year getting my heart broken by the New York Mets, I wanted to put this out there for you all. Enjoy and get ready for baseball… Here are the ten best baseball movies of all time: 10. Rookie of the Year – Perhaps a lot of this is nostalgia fueling the pick, but I have a real soft spot for the story of a kid who winds up pitching for the Chicago Cubs. »
- Joey Magidson
Taken created a genre of action films starring older male protagonists. Why are they all men? Because in movies, women still aren’t allowed to take vengeance on behalf of others – they have to be victimised first
At this point, the thing that Pierre Morel, Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen created with Taken, and what Liam Neeson gave his shovel-shaped Gaelic face to, has become its own genre. Call it whatever you’d like – dadsploitation, old-man vengeance and on-screen midlife crisis come to mind – but with Neeson having expanded beyond the Taken films into similarly pitched affairs like Non-Stop and Run All Night, and other ageing male movie stars like Kevin Costner (3 Days to Kill) and Sean Penn (The Gunman) trying to out-Neeson the man himself, this is more than just a franchise of films. It’s a trend, and as long as these movies keep costing next to nothing and keep making money, »
- Kevin Lincoln
This article contains spoilers for, er, Clear And Present Danger.
How many times have you walked out of seeing a big summer blockbuster movie, and felt like you'd been treated like a grown-up? Christopher Nolan movies, whether you like them or not, treat you with that level of respect. But when it comes to major thrillers, there's generally something about them where you feel you've been shortchanged.
It's why it puzzles me that Clear And Present Danger doesn't get a lot more love. From the day I saw it for the first time back in 1994, and on every viewing since, I've really loved this film. I love that it isn't afraid of a dense plot, isn't afraid of putting a big movie star on the poster yet finds time for supporting characters, »
For the sixth consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers from around the globe descended upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The 2015 festival took take place Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29, 2015 and no matter your favorite genre, attendees were treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.
Friday night’s screening of Apollo 13 was definitely one of the most exciting events of the festival. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Ron Howard’s impressive telling of the nearly doomed mission of the 3 astronauts aboard Apollo 13 looked as spectacular as the first time audiences saw it 20 years ago.
Host and long-time Nasa enthusiast Alex Trebek was on hand to introduce the film, as well as introduce fans in attendance to the real Captain Jim Lovell (played in the film by Tom Hanks). Also joining them on »
- Melissa Thompson
This story first appeared in the April 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It has become conventional wisdom that stars aren't worth what they used to be. Maybe so — but that doesn't mean they're poorly paid. A survey of producers, agents and executives indicates that at least six actors are earning as much as $20 million a picture — right up there with the heyday of star salaries during the 1990s, when a handful of actors (including Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise) reached that magic number. The $20 million club includes Robert Downey Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio,
- Stephen Galloway
Mumbai — Relativity Media has revealed a slew of plans for the Indian market as part of its wide-ranging deal with B4U Network.
Delivering the keynote at Indian entertainment industry conference Ficci Frames that began Wednesday in Mumbai, Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh said that first up would be three to five remakes a year of Relativity’s U.S. titles in the Tamil, Telugu and Hindi languages, suitably adjusted to suit local sensibilities.
Apart from the previously announced Bollywood remake of “The Best of Me”, part of a three film deal with India’s Balaji Telefilms, Relativity has announced a remake of Kevin Costner starrer “3 Days to Kill”, casting for which has already begun in India.
Kavanaugh also revealed that the B4U remake of another Relativity title, “Oculus”, is already in production. »
- Naman Ramachandran
Between last week’s Liam Neeson release Run All Night marking one of the final times that Neeson will play an action hero and yesterday’s debut of Tom Cruise defying age in the new Mission: Impossible trailer, I got to thinking about who could take their places going forward. Obviously, Neeson is almost done and Cruise won’t be kicking ass forever, so there must be an heir apparent or two out there, right? Well, no one who is out and out gunning for that gig, but there’s plenty of middle aged actors who have at least dipped their toes in the water. As such, I came up with a list of actors who could certainly take the mantle from these two, perhaps even pushing this sub genre of action to a slightly new level. It’s mostly a list in good fun, but there’s certainly some truths contained within. »
- Joey Magidson
Continuing its move into more high-profile historical projects, History announced Monday that is developing “Knightfall,” a scripted series about the events surrounding the Friday the 13, 1307, Knights Templar burning at the stake.
The series will be created and exec produced by Handfield, Renner and Richard Rayner of the Combine, and Jeff Pinkner, Andre Nemec, Josh Appelbaum and Scott Rosenberg representing Midnight Radio. Hoogstra, Russ McCarroll and Julian P. Hobbs will serve as executives in charge of production for History.
History struck gold with scripted series in 2012 when it released “Hatfields & McCoys,” which garnered huge ratings and 16 Emmy nominations — including wins for lead actor in a miniseries Kevin Costner and supporting actor in a miniseries Tom Berenger. »
- Marianne Zumberge
Winslet's Insurgent opened this weekend with a respectable $54 million, knocking Blanchett's Cinderella into second. To its credit, Disney's live-action adaptation opened with an impressive $67.8 million the weekend prior and has accumulated a domestic total to $122 million in just two weeks.
But how do the two Oscar winners stack up against one another? That's what Et's Celebrity Showdown is here to discover. Looking at seven unique criteria that weigh box-office earnings, critic's reviews, and award season gold, Celebrity Showdown examines the anatomy of both stars' careers to determine who's really the best.
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