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It's been a bumper week for superhero news, so we'll get things underway with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is set to open here in the UK in just eleven days time (we'll have our review up this coming week). Naturally we've been treated to a wealth of promotional material for the Phase Two sequel this week, including propaganda-style posters for Cap (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan »
- Gary Collinson
The difficulty in counting down films so clearly influenced by Kubrick is that there are certain directors who are just tailor-made for it. So, you start to run into situations like this section of the list, where two directors have two films and two other directors had a film mentioned in the last section. But that’s the way it goes. Much of Kubrick’s style isn’t reflected in the work of, say, Todd Phillips. Or Todd Haynes, for that matter.
30. Inception (2010)
Directed by Christopher Nolan
What makes it Kubrickian? As directors go, few rival the sense of complete control over his films like Christopher Nolan, famous for his obsessive attention to detail, much like Kubrick. With Inception, Nolan dialed up the control, creating multiple worlds set within dream landscapes, painting incredibly stunning shots and moments. Focusing on Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his team of dream surveyors, Inception is »
- Joshua Gaul
Looks like things between Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are just fine. Despite announcing their separation in August, the Hollywood celebs have maintained a very close relationship through the months, and E! News has learned that the twosome enjoyed a very nice evening together in New York City last week. An eyewitness tells us that Douglas and Czj dined at Nyy Steak in Manhattan together last Tuesday for a private business meeting and didn't shy away from showing off a little Pda by holding hands. "Michael introduced Catherine to his guests as his wife," an onlooker tells E! News. "They were very sweet and very kind to the staff and they were definitely having a good time »
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to streaming
Gravity: stunningly accomplished space survival adventure: heartstopping and heartbreaking; the best film of 2013; just don’t call it science fiction [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video]
I caught up with…
new to Prime
Behind the Candelabra: utterly riveting true story of showman Liberace’s tormented relationship with a much younger lover, with equal measures of hilarity and tragedy; Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are at their very best [at Amazon UK Instant Video] The Big Year: pleasantly sentimental flick about life, the universe, and everything… and birdwatching; charming performances by Owen Wilson, Steve Martin, and Jack Black [my review] [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Mud: Matthew McConaughey shines as the tragic outsider in a poignant Southern coming-of-age tale [at Amazon UK Instant Video] Song for Marion »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The actor spoke to Screen Rant at this year's SXSW Festival about the project, but refused to give away much detail about his character.
It was reported last month that the Conjuring actor was in talks to play a major role in the Edgar Wright-directed film.
Wilson did confirm that he will play an "important" role in the comic book adaptation.
However, asked if he would be playing a good or evil character, he simply said: "Can't tell you."
Marvel's Ant-Man will be released on July 17, 2015.
Photo gallery - Marvel Phase Two: »
Perhaps the only news of note this week is that in a move echoing what they did with Breaking Bad, Netflix has swooped in and gained rights to the TV series of From Dusk Til Dawn made in the states for Robert Rodriguez’s new El Rey network cable channel. Netflix will stream the episodes the day after they air in the states every week, curiously they are still billing this as ‘A Netflix Original’ when this isn’t the case necessarily. I have no idea as to the quality of this, the film From Dusk Til Dawn was one of my favourites when I was a teenager but how you drag that out into a ten part TV show I don’t know, let alone a possible second series. I watched the trailer and it looks solid and well-made as opposed to a cheap cash in and features Don Johnson »
- Chris Holt
Feature Ryan Lambie 11 Mar 2014 - 05:39
In the late 80s, Carolco was one of the biggest studios in Hollywood, but by 1995, it was gone. Ryan charts its dramatic rise and fall...
Paul Verhoeven is not a happy man. It's 1994, and the Dutch director of (among other things) RoboCop and Total Recall is in a pivotal meeting with executives at Carolco Pictures. They're in the boardroom to discuss Crusade: a lavish, $100m historical drama described as Spartacus meets Conan.
With a script by Walon Green (The Wild Bunch, WarGames), and a cast headed up by Arnold Schwarzenegger, it sounds like the kind of star-filled, opulent film Carolco Pictures is famous for making. The supporting cast includes Jennifer Connelly and Robert Duvall. The script is vibrant and brash. There are massive sets being built in rural Spain. But privately, Carolco's bosses are anxious; they have another hugely expensive project in the works »
If “True Detective” is still running years from now, as it probably should be, the filmmakers and HBO can thank the incredibly fortuitous timing of casting Matthew McConaughey (yes, the Oscar-winning actor, not the “Failure to Launch” dude) and Woody Harrelson in the central roles – a pairing that not only elevated interest in the series, but which suggests the sky’s the limit for finding new players for future seasons. Indeed, such speculation has already become its own Twitter meme, although personally, how could you beat Matt Damon and Michael Douglas in “True Detective: Behind the Candelabra?”
All kidding aside, perhaps foremost “True Detective” – which wrapped up its eight-episode run Sunday – lays out the template for an anthology approach that helps reinvent, or at least invigorate, one of the most tried-and-true genres TV has ever produced. Think “Police Story,” the 1970s classic, stretched to miniseries form, with all the latitude pay cable provides. »
- Brian Lowry
"We're [still] deciding though," suggested Michael Peña when Collider asked today whether he's officially signed on for Marvel's Ant-Man. "I've been talking to Edgar [Wright] and I think that he's an amazing [director]... Hopefully things work out." The American Hustle actor is rumored to play the Ant-Man villain, an original character named Castillo who is supposedly appears at the beginning of the film and "plays a larger role as the film develops." Anyhow, Ant-Man so far stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Patrick Wilson with Evangeline Lilly also in talks. Under the working title Big Foot, the film is scheduled to shoot in May and release on July 17, 2015. »
It is hard, even for me, to fully recall the furore Fatal Attraction caused on its release back in 1987, appearing on the cover of both Time and People, and generating hours of highly charged and sometimes hysterical debate. It was seen by some as a parable about Aids, by others as a critique of the permissive society, and by others still as an attack on feminism in general and single career women in particular. All of which could not have been further from my mind as I was writing the screenplay. It was even alleged that the cop shaking Michael Douglas by the hand at the end is actually congratulating him on a job well done – the crazed career woman put out of her misery, »
Just last week news broke that Patrick Wilson was in talks for a role in Ant-Man, but the report came with zero information on who he might play. It was mentioned that Marvel was on the lookout for “another charismatic leading man” and that suggests a hero like the title character Ant-Man, but we’ve already got two of those.
Paul Rudd is set to play Scott Lang and Michael Douglas is stepping in to play the older Ant-Man, Hank Pym, but there is still speculation that there might be a third iteration of Ant-Man in mix. It’s been mentioned that the film could include a flashback sequence featuring a young version of Pym and that just happens to be a role that could suit Patrick Wilson quite well.
While talking to Wilson in Austin, Texas ...
- Perri Nemiroff
The couple was seen holding hands as they arrived for a dinner meeting with a business associate Tuesday. They took a break to work on their marriage, this August, and now have been taking steps towards reconciling, reports people.com.
The 69-year-old introduced the 44-year-old Zeta-Jones as his wife. They both were smiling and seemed very happy, said a source.
The couple sipped wine and had a seafood platter, dry-aged steaks, including the restaurant's signature steak bacon, in a private vault room.
- Meeta Kabra
"No," Wilson replied when asked if he'd tried on a costume. Asked whether he'll play a hero or villain, "Can't tell you." Confirming he's in the movie, Wilson added that he has an "important role". Wilson was then asked if he'd learned anything from Watchmen, in which he played Nite Owl, to take into Ant-Man. "No, totally different world. I love Watchmen, I love Zack I love the process of that, I'm so happy with that," he replied. When asked if he'd read a script, Wilson simply answered "Yes." Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, with Michael Pena, Clifton Collins Jr. and Evangeline Lilly for rumored roles. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in May, while the film releases on July 17, 2015. »
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones certainly looked like a happily married couple when they were spotted dining together earlier this week at Nyy Steak in Manhattan. The pair - who took a break to work on and evaluate their marriage in August, but have been taking steps toward reconciling - were seen holding hands as they arrived for a dinner meeting with a business associate on Tuesday. Douglas, 69, introduced Zeta-Jones, 44, as his wife, a source tells People, and he was overheard chatting about his upcoming movie projects and said that he was excited about his future. "He seemed in really good spirits, »
- K.C. Blumm
The series wound up exactly as we expected it to – and had yet more of the storyline flaws that have marred it throughout. So what are the prospects for season three?
• Read Stuart Jeffries' episode 12 blogpost here
Didn't see that coming, did you? Of course you did. The milksop president was always going down, especially after the makeup artists moved in a couple of episodes ago and started painting Garrett Walker's tired face 50 shades of grey and his eyes crying-time red. No wonder his approval rating was eight per cent. "China won't return my calls," the leader of the free world whined just before he got his comeuppance. Pathetic.
And really House of Cards had nowhere to go but to put Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood in the Oval Office. There he was in the last scene, kicking away the previous incumbent's chair, pounding his fist on the desk with »
- Stuart Jeffries
As Marvel continues to build up excitement for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie – a big budget superhero movie starring little-known Marvel characters – they’re gearing up to make their next little-known big budget movie: Ant-Man.
Having gotten a great director in Edgar Wright and an increasingly interesting cast which includes Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym/Ant-Man, they’ve continued to add big name actors to the movie with Patrick Wilson being the latest star to be cast.
Wilson has superhero movie experience, having previously starred in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen as Nite Owl, and looks to build on that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Or does he? Will he be an ongoing hero or a one-movie villain like Guy Pearce in Iron Man 3? So far, there’s been no word on who Wilson will be playing but, given the number of characters in the Marvel U, »
- Noel Thorne
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Avengers 3, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Defenders, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Spectacular Spider-Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Batman vs. Superman, Watchmen, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine, Heroes Reborn and more...
Well, it's March, which means we're only a few weeks away from the start of the 2014 superhero season as Marvel Studios gets things underway with the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (out March 26th here in the UK), and this week has brought us a new featurette for the Phase Two solo sequel entitled 'Conspiracy', which features comments from Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce) and Marvel chief Kevin Feige [watch it here]. Meanwhile we've also got a »
- Gary Collinson
Diana Douglas told the Sun that the couple is together as they are both gentle people and not hysterical, and she knew they would work it out.
The 91-year-old added that Douglas and the 'Side Effects' star have always been very affectionate and easy with each other.
The 'Basic Instinct' star and Jones, who announced their split in August 2013, were recently spotted holidaying together in Quebec and the Bahamas with their children. (Ani) »
- Smith Cox
Diana says the two are now firmly back together and over their marriage woes, reports contactmusic.com.
"They are together. I knew they would work it out. They're both gentle people, not hysterical. They're always very affectionate and easy with each other. I figured the more everybody stayed out of it the better," she said.
The couple had separated last year in August after being together for 14 years.
- Rahul Kapoor
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones divorce update 2014 - One family member says there will be no split and claims Michael and Catherine's marriage woes are over. The 69-year-old actors' mother Diana Douglas has opened up about her son's brief separation from his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and says the pair are now firmly back together and over their marriage woes. She said: ''They are together. I knew they would work it out. They're both gentle people, not hysterical. They're always very affectionate and easy with each other. I figured the more everybody stayed out of it the better.'' 'Red 2' actress Catherine's admission that she suffers from bipolar disorder - which has led to her spending time in rehab fighting depression - was said to be one of the reasons for the couple's brief separation, and Diana admits that she thinks her son must have found it difficult to support his wife. »
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