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“Twelve Years a Slave” has solidified its status as an awards-season front-runner, leading the SAG Awards nominations with four.
“August: Osage County,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Dallas Buyers Club” each received three nominations for the 20th iteration of the SAG Awards, announced Wednesday morning at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.
“12 Years” — which has been widely regarded as likely to draw a Best Picture Oscar nod — received nominations for cast ensemble, Chiwetel Ejiofor for lead actor, Michael Fassbender for supporting actor and Lupita Nyong’o for supporting actress.
See Also: Reactions from today’s nominees
Jennifer Lawrence, who won the Oscar and SAG Award lead actress awards this year for “Silver Linings Playbook,” took a nomination for “American Hustle” — giving the David O’Russell drama a pair of nods. “Captain Phillips, »
- Dave McNary
Feature Simon Brew 11 Dec 2013 - 06:58
In Jane Hamsher's excellent book, Killer Instinct, the producer charts the difficult path she and Don Murphy had in bringing Natural Born Killers to the big screen. Natural Born Killers was, of course, originally a Quentin Tarantino screenplay, one that changed dramatically when Oliver Stone signed up to direct the movie.
Tarantino sold the rights to the film for $10,000 after he'd tried to set the project up himself - this was before the Oscar-winning success of Pulp Fiction - and would regret the decision. That said, rumours that he held animosity towards Oliver Stone himself were just that. In interviews since, Tarantino has always been respectful towards him.
Back to Killer Instinct, though. There are a couple of »
The Family, 2013.
Directed by Luc Besson.
A Mafia boss and his family must relocate to France under the FBI's witness protection program. Instructed to keep a low profile, the Manzoni's end up attracting more attention then they want as their old habits rear their ugly heads. Inevitably, chaos ensues as 'The Family' try to tame their violent ways.
Oh dear. That's what you might say when you leave the cinema. It's understandable that you had high hopes for The Family: great cast, fun trailer, good director. But I bet you thought the same about Last Vegas... Full of ridiculous stereotypes and thoroughly unlikeable characters, you should only go and see this if you've seen every other film out at the cinema, are eager for an afternoon nap or just love Robert De Niro. »
- Gary Collinson
A little while ago, we looked at both the best superhero costumes in movies and the worst. A lot of you agreed with our choices, but equally as many took issue with them! Well, in the interest of fairness, we’ve now decided to select the worst villain costumes that comic book movies have had to offer, and we would love to once again hear your thoughts in the comment section below. So, in no particular order (because it’s literally impossible to rank costumes which are this bad), here are our top ten choices for the worst supervillain costumes ever to plague the genre.
10. Two-Face (Batman Forever)
In fairness, Two-Face is an incredibly difficult villain to effectively portray in a live-action setting. Not only is half of his face scarred, but he also wears a suit which is different on one side to the other; however you look at it, »
- Josh Wilding
Josh Brolin may have an Oscar nomination under his belt for Milk. He may have shared screen time with Denzel Washington, Tommy Lee Jones, Sean Penn, Kate Winslet, Ewan McGregor, and Jeff Bridges. He’s appeared in not one, but two Woody Allen movies (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Melinda and Melinda) and even played President George W. Bush in W. No matter all he achieves in his cinematic career, Josh Brolin will most often – and most fondly – be remembered for his very first screen role.
In 1985, a 17-year-old Brolin who was then only known as the son of actor James Brolin, was cast in a family adventure film, The Goonies. His role as older brother Brandon “Brand” Walsh in the classic and much-loved film served as a career launching pad for Brolin, who stars in this week’s Oldboy and in the upcoming Labor Day.
- Rachel West
The Family, 2013.
Directed by Luc Besson.
The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.
Once one of the most influential directors to break into Hollywood from Europe, filmmaker Luc Besson is now more recognisable as a producer of low to mid budget B movie action trash like Taken and The Transporter, but he has made some fantastic films as a director. The Family is not one of them; in fact, it’s the worst film of his I’ve seen by quite some margin.
Tired, lifeless, predictable, and utterly without purpose, Besson’s film is a cluster of clichés with maybe 45 minutes worth of story stretched over 100 minutes. Telling the story of the Blakes, »
- Gary Collinson
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
As ever, we've travelled far outside the »
Captain America: The First Avenger was directed by Joe Johnston, from a script written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. It starred: Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, Sebastian Stan as James Buchanan 'Bucky' Barnes, Tommy Lee Jones as Colonel Chester Phillips, Hugo Weaving as Johann Schmidt / Red Skull, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Stanley Tucci as Dr. Abraham Erskine and Toby Jones as Dr. Arnim Zola. Captain America: The Winter Soldier will hit theaters April 4, 2014. ................................................................. Robert Downey Jr. returns as billionaire Tony Stark in this thrilling sequel to the worldwide blockbuster. Now that his super hero secret has been revealed, Tony's life is more intense than ever. Everyone wants in on the Iron Man technology, whether for power or profit... but for Ivan Vanko ("Whiplash"), it's revenge! Iron Man 2 was directed by Jon Favreau, from a screenplay written by Justin Theroux. The »
Robert De Niro dials in his performance as a mafia boss living in witness protection in a scrappy, corny action comedy
He plays former mob boss Giovanni Manzoni, now renamed Fred Blake, ordered by Tommy Lee Jones's baggy-eyed federal agent to keep a low profile even as his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) blows up the local supermarket and his kids run rackets and break heads in the school. It's throwaway stuff, packed with corny gags about rich French cooking and annoying Gallic manners, in which light relief is offered by the sight of our hero torturing a plumber; think The Whole Nine Yards with cheese. Eventually De Niro winds up at the local film society watching Goodfellas – presumably »
- Mark Kermode
Friday November 22nd, 1963. Dallas, Texas. 12.30 Cst.
Whether you’re a native of the United States or not, that date and location remains one of history’s blackest days. As three shots rang out as a jubilant crowd watched on as President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s motorcade slowly turned onto Dealey Plaza, not one person could have been prepared for what happened that very day…
As a devastated nation watched on in horror as the news unfolded that their beloved ”Jack” was being rushed to Parkland Hospital in a vain attempt to save him, 30 minutes later his death was confirmed. A first bullet in the throat, a second in the upper part of his back, with the fatal shot taking a portion of skull and brain. He died younger than any Us President to date and like Abraham Lincoln (16th President), James A. Garfield (the 20th President) and William McKinley (25th President) before him, »
- Craig Hunter
It's a Wonderful Life might just escape the belated sequel treatment after all. As further caution, Stuart Heritage unearths some previously long-lost sequels from the archives
The Italian Job: The Rest of the Story
In the vein of the wholly unnecessary planned sequel It's a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story, The Italian Job: The Rest of the Story will ignore the main characters and concentrate on fleshing out the original's peripheral figures. In this case, it's Benny Hill's character Professor Simon Peach. The Italian Job only taught us that Peach was a deaf computer expert with a badly-hidden fetish for overweight women. But does he have any hidden layers? Nope. The Italian Job: The Rest of the Story is literally just two hours of Peach inventing the internet so that he can look down girls' tops on it until his glasses get all steamed »
- Stuart Heritage
Paul Potts movie ‘One Chance’ wins 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival Audience Award (photo: James Corden as ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ hit Paul Potts looking at Brad Pitt photo in ‘One Chance’) Among the winners at the 2013 Starz Denver Film Festival (Sdff), which ran November 6-17, was David Frankel’s One Chance, the story of Paul Potts, a timid shop assistant and amateur opera singer who eventually topped "Britain’s Got Talent." James Corden plays Potts, while Julie Walters and Colm Meaney are his parents. Director Frankel’s best-known movies are The Devil Wears Prada (2006), which earned Meryl Streep a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for playing Anne Hathaway’s style-conscious boss and nemesis, and the sentimental blockbuster Marley & Me (2008), toplining Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. A 2012 reunion with Meryl Streep in Hope Springs, also featuring Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell, did only moderate business. This year’s Starz Denver »
- Anna Robinson
Recently I went to the BFI (British Film Institute) Mediatheque in Newcastle upon Tyne, not far from the WhatCulture! head office. Inside the old building of the Discovery Museum where the Mediatheque is located, I found a small dimly lit art-deco room, and was able to choose from a huge selection of British films available to view for free from the BFI archives and collections. Browsing through the list of clips, scenes, shorts and films, I stopped and chose one immediately. Stormy Monday.
Stormy Monday is a 1988 British romantic thriller, the feature-film directorial debut of Mike Figgis, who went on to direct the Oscar-winning Leaving Las Vegas in 1995. Figgis creates a special atmosphere within Stormy Monday, framing a young Sean Bean alongside Melanie Griffith at the height of her career. The story revolves around Bean’s character Brendan, as he is drawn in unknowingly to the criminal underworld of Tyneside. »
- Jon Lovatt
Reaching for the Moon tells the tale of an unlikely romance between two extraordinary artists, legendary American poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) and architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Gloria Pines). Hoping to find inspiration, Bishop travels from New York City to Rio de Janeiro, where she finds herself in a tempestuous relationship that spans decades and forever impacts the life and work of both women. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Miranda Otto, who gives a beautifully complex and layered performance as Elizabeth Bishop, talked about how she received an offer for the role via email, what made her want to play this woman, how Bishop’s poetry helped give her insight and an understanding of her she was, and why she needed time to decompress after doing this role. She also talked about working with Tommy Lee Jones, as both an actor and a director, on The Homesman, »
- Christina Radish
Legendary actor Robert De Niro confirmed that he will be teaming up with auteur Martin Scorsese once again, as the pair set to reignite one of the most luminous cinematic partnerships and frequent collaborations for the first time since Casino, in 1995.
Speaking to us at the London press conference for De Niro’s forthcoming feature The Family, directed by Luc Besson – the actor told us of his plans for the eagerly anticipated reuniting of two of Hollywood’s most renowned figures. “I have another gangster film I’m gonna do with Scorsese and it’s a very interesting one.” he said. “We’re preparing it. We have a script and Marty has another film he’s doing before so it won’t be for a while.” He even admitted they were contemplating taking their working relationship from the screen to the page. “Once Scorsese and I were thinking about doing a book together, »
- Stefan Pape
If you were to go back to the early 1980s, and describe to somebody exactly the sort of role you’d like to see Robert De Niro playing 30 years down the line and later on in life, you’d probably opt for a graceful, retired mob boss of the Marlon Brando ilk. Though on paper that’s exactly the role we’re seeing him undertake in Luc Besson’s The Family, sadly it’s not quite the calibre of movie we may have envisaged, in what is a distinctly underwhelming comedy thriller, particularly when considering the talent involved.
De Niro plays Giovanni Manzoni – the head of a notorious mafia clan, but more importantly, the head of a exacting household consisting of his wife Maggie (Michelle Pfeiffer) and kids Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D’Leo), who have had to move home once again as part of a witness protection programme, »
- Stefan Pape
Luc Besson’s latest film, The Family, focuses on the Manzoni Mafia clan as they relocate to Normandy under the witness protection program, after head honcho Giovanni (Robert De Niro) snitches on his fellow mobsters. We here at Thn recently had chance to sit down with the film’s stars, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Dianna Agron (and about twenty other journalists) at the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair to discuss the film.
How did you go about researching your roles for the film?
Michelle: We had the book as a reference, which was really invaluable. I focused more on family, which was ultimately [her character] Maggie’s role in it – to protect her family at any cost.
Robert: I spoke to people, trying to find a believable reason why we would be in France. I didn’t find it, though Luc [Besson, director] said he had spoken to people in France and it could be true. »
- Chris Wharfe
Director: Luc Besson.
Running Time: 111 minutes.
Synopsis: The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.
It was hoped that last year’s Silver Linings Playbook would finally signal something of a resurgence for Robert De Niro’s career after years of paycheck-cashing comedies kickstarted, in part, by the less-than-stellar Meet The Parents series. If The Family is anything to go by, that hope has been purely in vain.
Not that this hits the gruff, toilet-humour lows of the aforementioned series, nor its Fockers sequels and spin-offs – and, admittedly, it does return De Niro to the classic Mafioso role he perfected all those years ago. Even better, he’s finally come full circle, from the »
- Chris Wharfe
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As the 50th anniversary of John F Kennedy's assassination approaches you'll notice that, for such an important event, Hollywood movies on the subject are pretty thin on the ground. Up until the Zac Efron-led Parkland (which deals more with the effects on peripheral characters and is out on Friday), the only other notable example was this sprawling Oliver Stone epic. Plenty of critics have used adjectives such as belligerent, tenacious and (above all) paranoid when describing the film, but it's more than one man's delusional opus. Stone launches into things head on, with a great cast including a relentlessly blank Kevin Costner and far more flamboyant turns from Kevin Bacon, Tommy Lee Jones and Joe Pesci, plus Gary Oldman as Lee Harvey Oswald.
Don't go into this expecting answers; the movie is more »
Shopping “Saint Laurent” at the Afm, EuropaCorp’s international sales team – led by Marie-Laure Montironi — has pre-sold to Brazil (Imovision), Mexico (Cinemas Nueva Era), Switzerland (Frenetic) and Czech Republic (Hollywood).
Other Afm sales were inked for Poland, Thailand and Philippines. Pic pre-sold to Scandinavia, Portugal, Singapore and Indonesia at Cannes.
“We’re expecting to close major territories such as Germany, U.K. and Japan at Berlin where we will be unveiling the first images of the film,” said Montironi.
Penned by Bonello and Thomas Bidegain (“A Prophet,” “Rust & Bone”), “Saint Laurent” stars Gaspard Ulliel (“Hannibal Rising”), Lea Seydoux (“Blue Is The Warmest Color”), Jeremy Renier (“My Way”) and Louis Garrel (“A Castle In Italy”).
Bonello’s movie will shed light on the unique genius and neurosis »
- Elsa Keslassy
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