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Blu-ray Release Date: June 3, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $49.99
Studio: Warner Home Video
So apparently, in 2007 when Warner brought out Alexander, Revisited: The Final Cut, they lied. The 2014 Alexander: The Ultimate Cut is another version of the much-edited movie, which director Oliver Stone (Wall Street Money Never Sleeps) apparently can’t let go.
Celebrating the movie’s 10th anniversary, The Ultimate Cut is 206 minutes, 31 minutes longer than the already long 175-minute original film and eight minutes shorter than that Final Cut. Hmmm
“I’ve tried throughout this process to achieve what I believe is the appropriate balance between the inner and outer journeys undertaken by this extraordinary man,” said Stone. “Free from earlier constraints [i.e. defined codes for violence and sexuality], I’ve continued to pursue this great story, and I think I have at last achieved a film that tells a story as it has never been told.”
Good to know.
The originally R-rated movie tells the legend of Alexander, »
"Gotham" -- which Wbtv really wants you to know is a Commissioner Gordon origin story and *not* a Batman prequel -- has cast youthful versions of two characters who are going to be really, really, really familiar to comic book, TV and movie fans. The Fox drama, already ordered to series for the 2014-2015 TV season, has confirmed casting for the roles of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. See, I told you that you'd heard of them. He's the future man they call Batman! She's the future woman they call Catwoman! But for now, they're still just kids. David Mazouz ("Touch") has been cast as the preteen Bruce Wayne. The pilot features the traumatic event that sets the forces in motion for Wayne to eventually don the cowl, but we're a long way from that occurring. As the show begins, Bruce Wayne is just a sad kid under the watchful »
- Daniel Fienberg
A strong antagonist makes for the most compelling stories. Especially in the world of superpowered heroes, a villain needs to work on many different levels or the movie falls flat. Here are 10 actors who were up for the role of a hero in a movie or television series, but were ultimately cast as the villain. With the exception of two entries on this list, all of the actors auditioned and or screen-tested for their respective parts. Though they didn’t get the part they initially wanted, they got the part they deserved, and gave audiences performances to remember.
With three films as the Asgardian trickster Loki under his belt, it’s hard to imagine Tom Hiddleston as any other character in the Marvel universe. However, before donning the golden horns, the actor originally auditioned for…
- Eli Reyes
Back in 1991, Kevin Conroy landed the role of The Dark Knight for the classic Batman: The Animated Series, and while Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney and Christian Bale have all hung up the cape and cowl since, he's still lending his voice to the role of the Caped Crusader in Warner's DC Universe Animated Original Movies line, not to mention the hugely popular Arkham video games. During a recent interview (via Cbm), Conroy has spoken about his time as Batman, during which he's established himself as the voice of Gotham's Dark Knight Detective:
"I had absolutely no expectation that this job would turn into what it became. I started recording it in 1991, and it went on the air on Fox in 1992 as a prime time series. Then over 23 years, it just evolved from Batman: The Animated Series to The Adventures of Batman and Robin to Justice League and then Batman Beyond. »
- Gary Collinson
Director: Terrence Malick
Writer: Terrence Malick
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Val Kilmer, Benicio Del Toro, Holly Hunter, Bérénice Marlohe, Clifton Collins Jr., Haley Bennett, Boyd Holbrook, Tom Sturridge, Angela Bettis
To consider one’s self a fan of Terrence Malick’s oeuvres is, for lack of a better term, cinephile martyrdom. As one of the two current projects that should be released this year (how many times have we said this), the formerly titled Lawless sounds like a Grand Slam in terms of musical acts assisting a romantic backdrop of a good looking set of actors and actresses (they’ll certainly look lush with Emmanuel Lubezki assisting in the photography) this mostly scriptless project might turn out to be a first-cousin comparison the largely dismissed To the Wonder. »
- Eric Lavallee
Going into a film from the director of Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil, and Avp: Alien Vs. Predator, one has to put aside any hope that Pompeii will be anything more than a mindless 3-D adventure. I mean . . . look at the title. The inevitable volcanic eruption is far from just hinted at in the advertising for the disaster flick. And while one could argue that the film is quite a bit late to the whole disaster film crazy unofficially reignited by Roland Emmerich, the film’s director seems to be a slave to a script that attempts to be much more than just the kitschy spectacle that the film’s title would imply.
Pompeii wants to have its dramatic cake and explode it too. The film takes itself way too seriously instead of embracing the ‘B-movie’ style that it should. For the first hour we are treated to the recycled story »
- Michael Haffner
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
A really good, »
Tom Jolliffe on the must-see straight-to-video action films of 2014...
If you’re a little fed up of the never ending stream of remakes, kid friendly PG13 (12A or 15 here) CGI heavy theatrics and Marvel/DC action films that fill up the multiplexes, or you’re no stranger to the unrepentant, simple delights of a bit of straight to video (or Netflix) action, then here is a list of the best to look out for this year.
As big screen action caters more and more for younger audiences, straight to video still largely offers a bit more adult entertainment. What it might lack in big budget thrills it makes up for with F-bombs and gallons of blood (if that’s your thing). As for myself, alongside a steady upbringing of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone and Bruce Willis in the late 80’s and 90’s, I’ve also had more than my share »
- Gary Collinson
Kind of a good news/bad news situation this week. Bad news for those of us who like to watch sitcoms of 30 minutes in length whilst we eat dinner during the week, Channel 4 has decided to remove most of its good content including Peep Show, The It Crowd and Black Books from Netflix and Lovefilm as of February 15th. You can still watch these online but you have to go through their frankly useless 4Od app which I have never managed to watch a full episode of anything on without it crashing at the bloody adverts. Whilst its admirable that Channel 4 are taking things back in-house, they really need to improve their software first, or maybe they already have because I gave up on it back in 2012 and never finished season two of The Killing.
The good news is that Netflix have debuted season two of political drama House of Cards, »
- Chris Holt
Sandra Bullock has had a varied and extended career filled with several highs. Most recently, she took 2013 by storm with her powerful, Oscar-nominated performance in Gravity. However, her career has also been litered with several lows, including her Razzie-winning role in All About Steve and those needless sequels to Miss Congeniality and Speed. Here at VH1, we took it upon ourselves to go back and re-watch, review and rank her 30+ films. That’s right everything from Forces of Nature to Two Weeks Notice finds its place among Bullock’s best films listed from worst to best.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 3%
Box Office: $164 million
30. All About Steve
Released in the same year »
- Stacy Lambe
“Palo Alto” screened last year in the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals, and Tribeca Film picked up U.S. rights in December. Coppola is the granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola and niece of Sofia Coppola.
The film is a James Franco and Rabbit Bandini Prods. presentation, produced by Sebastian Pardo, Adriana Rotaru, Miles Levy and Vince Jolivette and based on several linked stories in James Franco’s book of the same name about a group of high school students.
Franco stars with Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Chris Messina and Val Kilmer with three storylines — a young woman (Roberts) caught between flirting with her soccer coach (Franco) and a relationship with a teen stoner (Jack Kilmer); another about a »
- Dave McNary
On Friday, the latest bit of casting news for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman was announced by its director, Zack Snyder. "Having Jesse [Eisenberg] in the role," he said of the new Lex Luthor, "allows us to...take the character in some new and unexpected directions." New and unexpected directions. Remember that. It'll come up later.
People tweeted in uproar, others more wisely reserved judgement until they see the film itself. But there was another piece of casting news, one overshadowed by the Lexenberg announcement, and one that might just hint as to what these "new and unexpected directions" are: Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth.
Here's what the director had to say on Irons' casting:
As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely »
- Oliver Davis
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death Sunday was shocking to his fans and to those who knew him and worked with him. Celebrities from Steve Martin to his Hunger Games: Catching Fire co-star Sam Claflin took to Twitter and other social media to share their memories of the late actor.
We’ll continue to update this post.
“What a devastating loss,” Nicole Kidman told EW in a statement. “He was one of the greatest actor’s actor of all time. He’d take your breath away, he was so talented. My thoughts and blessings are with Philip Seymour Hoffman’s family. »
- EW staff
Ready to experience the sure-to-be-delightful sight of Betty White in cartoon form? Soon you’ll have your chance. The TV Land sitcom “Hot in Cleveland” is gearing up for an animated episode, which will air during the fifth season of the series. See video: Val Kilmer Calls Betty White ‘Evil’ on ‘Conan’ The episode, which will feature art from the Titmouse Animation Studio (“Black Dynamite,” “Metalocalypse”), will find Elka (White), Melanie (Valerie Bertinelli), Joy (Jane Leeves) and Victoria (Wendie Malick) transformed into cartoon characters who embark on an around-the-world adventure. The journey will consist of “a psychedelic romp through pop culture hits, »
- Tim Kenneally
Let the countdown begin. Betty White’s geriatric prank show will return to the airwaves in a little bit more than a month. “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers” will premiere on Lifetime on Feb. 28, the network said Wednesday. The 20-episode season will kick off with two back-to-back episodes starting at 9 p.m. See video: Val Kilmer Calls Betty White ‘Evil’ on ‘Conan’ The series, which features older people playing pranks, previously aired on NBC for two seasons before the network dropped it and Lifetime picked it up. White, 92, has been nominated for two Emmys as host of the series. »
- Tim Kenneally
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 16 Jan 2014 - 06:20
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 2005...
It's underappreciated films time again, and this week, we delve deep into the year 2005 - a collection of months dominated by the likes of Star Wars: Episode III, another Harry Potter, Steven Spielberg's War Of The Worlds, Peter Jackson's King Kong, and CG family movie Madagascar.
It was also the year Pierce Brosnan formally bowed out of his role as James Bond, and Martin Scorsese's The Aviator was hyped to win the director his first Oscar, but didn't. Still, the contents of this list received nothing like the acclaim of The Aviator, nor the financial pickings of a Star Wars or Harry Potter. As ever, we've focused on 25 films which we think deserve a bit more love.
So with apologies to »
IFC’s heavily promoted, star-studded epic miniseries spoofThe Spoils of Babylon did sold business, opening with 911,000 total viewers and 477,000 adults 18-49 for the premiere episode on Thursday. That is one of the highest-rated debuts ever on IFC whose flagship comedy Portlandia opened with 263,000 viewers in 2011. The six-part mini, from Funny Or Die, launched with two back-to-back episodes, with the remaining segments set to air over the next four weeks. Each of the two opening episodes had three repeats on premiere night, with the eight airings combined amassing 2.3 viewers in Live+3. The Spoils of Babylon‘s cast include Jessica Alba, Will Ferrell, Jellybean Howie, Val Kilmer, Tobey Maguire, Haley Joel Osment, Tim Robbins, Michael Sheen, Steve Tom and Kristen Wiig. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Warner Bros. Pictures
Whereas Adam West’s Batman has had its knowingly silly tone preserved and revels in its campness (rather than being po-faced about shark repellent as some latter day audiences believe) time hasn’t been the kindest to Tim Burton’s Batman. Ground-breakingly dark for a blockbuster at the time of release, it now looks pretty zany.
Not a criticism by any stretch (Batman has some aged special effects, but retains its charm); it’s not really the film’s fault. It couldn’t have known twenty years later that a similarly ground-breakingly gritty adaptation of the character would come along and make anything (and not just its own predecessors) camp by comparison. Batman Begins, as well as it’s bigger, more grounded sequels, had a seismic effect on both the film industry as a whole, not to mention on how the public view Batman; ten years ago »
- Alex Leadbeater
The Spoils of Babylon, premiering Thursday on IFC (10 p.m. Et/Pt) and produced by Funny or Die, is more correctly titled - with a significant loss of magnificent pretentiousness - Eric Jonrosh's The Spoils of Babylon. It also bills itself as an “epic television event,” but in truth boils down to a mere six half-hour episodes. And although Babylon boasts a cast that starts somewhere in the A-list (Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell), it stoops a little to accommodate a few highly respectable character actors (Tim Robbins, Michael Sheen). Then it improbably winds down to Haley Joel Osment, »
- Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE TV Critic
The winners will be announced Jan. 25 at the Century Plaza following voting by the DGA’s 15,000 members.
The two nominations for Cranston were his second and third following his DGA nod last year for a “Modern Family” segment last year.
“Breaking Bad” scored a second nomination with series creator Vince Gilligan receiving a nod. They will face competition from David Fincher, receiving his sixth DGA nomination for directing “Chapter 1″ of “House of Cards,” Lesli Linka Glatter for “Homeland” and David Nutter for “Game of Thrones.”
“Modern Family” received a pair of comedy series noms for Cranston and Gail Macuso. “The Big Bang Theory” also took two nominations for Mark Cendrowki and Anthony Rich. Beth McCarthy-Miller took the other nomination for a segment »
- Dave McNary
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