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If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
The women of "Friends" staged a surprise mini reunion on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" after Kimmel pleaded with guest Jennifer Aniston to act out a "Friends" fan fiction scene he wrote. A chagrined Aniston agreed, and Kimmel led her out to a perfect recreation of the set for Monica's kitchen, where the pair, playing Ross and Rachel, discussed how good Ross is in bed. After Kimmel made a crack about how unbelievable it is that the "Friends" gang was always hanging out at Monica's for breakfast before work, both Monica (Courteney Cox) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) arrived. They took turns reciting lines from the show's theme song as dialogue -- complete with hand claps! »
- Katie Roberts
We haven’t seen Ewan McGregor in jail since he spent time locked up with Jim Carrey in I Love You Phillip Morris back in 2009. Now he’s playing a jailed criminal in the crime thriller Son of a Gun and we have to admit, the tough-guy jailbird role suits him.
McGregor stars as Brendan, Australia’s notorious criminal who while in the slammer, takes the young Jr (Brenton Thwaites) under his wing. In return for his protection on the inside, Jr helps to stage a prison break, allowing Brendan and his crew to escape. For his loyalty, the petty criminal Jr is invited into a gold heist where he soon realizes he is in over his head in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.
- Rachel West
Ewan McGregor features in the first trailer for Son of a Gun.
The film centres around a young convict (Thwaites) who is taken under the wing of a seasoned criminal (McGregor).
After being released from prison, the pair become involved in an ambitious gold heist.
Avery won a Cannes Jury Prize for his 2008 short Jerrycan.
Thwaites can currently be seen in young adult adaptation The Giver.
Son of a Gun will be released in the UK on January 16. A Us release date is yet to be announced. »
The story follows a team of U.S. archaeologists who discover they are being hunted by unknown forces after finding a lost pyramid in Egypt. Ashley Hinshaw, James Buckley, Denis O'Hare, Amir K and Christa Nicola star.
- Garth Franklin
With names like Ewan McGregor, Alicia Vikander and Brenton Thwaites among the cast, we figured "Son Of A Gun" would've been slotted somewhere on the fall festival circuit (maybe it'll show up in Telluride this weekend?). But the thriller is opening Down Under shortly, and the first trailer is here. Written and directed by Julius Avery (who took home a Cannes Jury Prize for his 2008 short "Jerrycan"), the story follows a veteran criminal who takes a protegé under his wing, and together they plot a major gold heist. But of course, complications arise by way of the law, the unreliable notion of honor among thieves and a beautiful woman. Seems like pretty standard stuff, but McGregor is clearly having a blast chewing up the scenery, so if this is just a thriller executed with some chops, perhaps that'll be enough. No U.S. Date for this one yet, but it »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"Where is the gold?!" eOne out of Australia has debuted the first trailer for Son of a Gun (fun title, no?) a crime thriller starring Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites (from The Giver) as partners in crime. The story involves McGregor taking Thwaites under his wing while he's in prison at age 19, recruiting him for a job upon release which eventually leads to him earning a spot on the heist crew. Then it goes all out Italian Job (remake, not the original). There's lots of heisting, prison violence, beards, accents, guns, and a woman, of course - Alicia Vikander, a Swedish actress you may recognize from Anna Karenina or A Royal Affair. This looks solid, and entertaining, I'm curious to check it out when it makes its way up here. Enjoy. Here's the first official trailer for Julius Avery's Son of a Gun, direct from eOne Anz on Facebook: Post by eOne Anz. »
- Alex Billington
Moulin Rouge! is a mixed bag. It’s an idea that looks good on paper, but looks horrendous in execution. It’s a film where it should have the ability to make all the right emotional pivots, but succumbs to an ostentation that exists in its final product, making this a hallmark for director Baz Lurhmann’s career. I appreciate him, in an odd way, for injecting a very strange version of romance in his films, one that, in Moulin Rouge!, is wonderfully cynical and melancholy. In almost all of his work, his maximalism overshadows some of the most interesting aspects of the films (the sole exception being Strictly Ballroom, his first feature): the post-modern comments on capitalism in William Shakespeare’s Romeo+ Juliet, the inherent frivolity of “freedom, beauty, truth, and love” in Moulin Rouge!, and the hollow decadence of the parties in The Great Gatsby. But everything »
- Kyle Turner
The film was named as the winner of the first prize at the CinefestOZ festival (Aug. 20-24), in Busselton, West Australia, where the state’s Royalties For Regions program has put up a A$100,000 (Us$92,000) award.
The film, which stars Sam Worthington (“Avatar”), is a crowd-pleasing piece of family entertainment about an imaginative young boy who dreams of taking part in the world paper plane making championships in Japan.
- Patrick Frater
“McFarland USA,” based on a true story, centers on a coach in a predominantly Hispanic California town who creates a high school track team that overcomes social and physical hurdles to become champions during the 1980s.
Two other films have already been dated for Feb. 20 — Relativity’s “Jane Got A Gun,” starring Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman, and Open Road’s “The Gunman,” starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Idris Elba.
Costner recently starred in another sports drama — Lionsgate’s “Draft Day,” which delivered middling returns with about $29 million domestically.
- Dave McNary
Disney is moving McFarland USA, the sports biopic starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, out of Thanksgiving weekend and into a slot early next year. McFarland, whose title has been lengthened to McFarland USA, moves out of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay weekend (not that the demos compete for it) and moves to February 20, 2015 — a weekend populated by two films with the word gun in their titles: Relativity’s Jane’s Got A Gun starring Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman and Open Road’s The Gunman starring Sean Penn, Javier Bardem and Idris Elba.
McFarland is about high school track and field coach Jim “Blanco” White and his wife who nurtured a bunch of poor, immigrant kids with short legs and turned them into running champions. It was produced by Mayhem Pictures
- Anita Busch
Haugesund, Norway– European powerhouse Studiocanal will roll into Toronto with a glam slate of cast-driven, English-language titles led by Luca Guadagnino’s sexy psychological thriller “A Bigger Splash” (Working Title) and Max Joseph’s coming-of-age drama “We Are Your Friends.”
Wes Bentley has joined Zac Efron and Emily Ratajkowski (“Gone Girl”) in “We Are Your Friends,” a chronicle of a 23-year-old aspiring DJ who tries to find his voice in the electro music scene and bonds with an older DJ. Working Title is producing the film, which is shooting.
Meanwhile, “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson has joined the cast of “A Bigger Splash,” an edgy and contempo twist on the cult Alain Delon-Romy Schneider starrer “La Piscine.” Johnson will play opposite Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Matthias Schoenaerts.
“Splash” centers on a glamorous couple whose holiday in Southern Italy takes an unexpected turn with the visit »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
Good news, Netflix’s very funny looking original animated show BoJack Horseman featuring the voices of Will Arnett, Aaron Paul and Alison Brie will appear on Netflix on Friday 22nd August just in time to binge watch over the bank holiday weekend.
From what I have seen so far it looks promising but then so did Hemlock Grove. Expect a full report next week. In related news, Netflix have announced a whole slate of stand-up comedy exclusive to its service after the success of the recent Aziz Ansari special. So the likes of Chelsea Handler, Jim Jefferies, Bill Cosby, Bill Burr and Chelsea Peretti will be adding stand up shows to streaming between now and December. I have only heard of a couple of these acts but there again one of the best things to do with an hour to spare is browse Netflix for its plentiful supply of stand-up »
- Chris Holt
Charlie Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting
Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumoured to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
A few weeks ago, in anticipation of Guardians of the Galaxy's theatrical release, I wrote about the Curse of Tor Johnson, named after the old-school wrestler (and Ed Wood muse) who may have also been responsible for 50 years of terrible performances from professional wrestlers.
Since I wrote for WWE's Monday Night Raw for about six months, I wondered if the presence of Dave Bautista, a former champion, would jinx Guardians' box-office mojo. Three weeks into its theatrical run (and more than $175 million in receipts later), it's safe to say the Curse has been broken. »
Opening this weekend is the big screen adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. The 1993 Young Adult novel has quickly become a favorite among readers in the 20 years since it’s been published. While the adaptation is getting mixed reviews, there have been a number of stellar film adaptations that have surpassed readers’ expectations. With that in mind, we oriented our Netflix streaming guide around the best of book-to-film transformations.
Of Total Film’s 50 Greatest Book Movie Adaptations, we found 10 options worth streaming, plus a bonus: The Hunger Games — a film that relates purely based on the idea of being a dystopian novel turn big budget movie starring pretty young things.
Total Film’s greatest change from book to film: “Different story threads are told in the novel by a variety of characters, whereas Renton is »
- Stacy Lambe
In David Koepp’s spy comedy Mortdecai, Johnny Depp plays a dapper James Bond type (an art dealer by trade) whose good looks and roguish charm are his only weapons during the hunt to recover a stolen painting. He also has a “man servant” named Jock Strapp (Paul Bettany). Fine, Depp. You win this round. How can we refuse? The film is adapted from the Mortdecai Trilogy written by Kyril Bonfiglioli — who was actually an art dealer in a former life. The books have been compared to the works of P. G. Wodehouse, particularly the Jeeves-Wooster novels. The gimmick seems to fall somewhere above the outright ridiculousness of the Austin Powers series. Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn and Aubrey Plaza also star. Mortdecai hits theaters...
- Alison Nastasi
We’ve got to wait till 2015 for the delightful Johnny Depp to reach our big screens in David Koepp’s comedy crime movie, Mortdecai. But luckily, there’s a new teaser to keep us occupied in the meantime.
The feature’s adapted from a series of ’70s novels by Kyril Bonfiglioli. Mortdecai follows Depp as Charlie Mortdecai, an aristocratic, dodgy art dealer, and various japes he gets into involving MI5, angry Russians, beautiful women, stolen paintings and Nazi gold. A bit like Bond meeting Lovejoy, and then going on a road trip with Indiana Jones in a Carry On film?
Watch your teaser here:
- Claire Joanne Huxham
The action comedy’s trailer shows Depp as Charlie Mortdecai, a debonair art dealer in search of a missing and mysterious painting. He embarks on a worldwide adventure to find the expensive item and hopefully uncover wealth for himself while juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist.
The Lionsgate movie is based on the “The Mortdecai Trilogy.” It’s set to bow in theaters on Feb. 6.
- Jordyn Holman
David Koepp’s “Mortdecai,” starring Johnny Depp as some kind of dimwitted but rich British dude named Mortdecai, might actually be pretty good. Or at least, pretty kooky. But I doubt if it’ll do very much business at the box office unless Depp breaks out the mascara and start swaying around saying, “Arrrgh, me pirate booty!” Or some such. But personally, I think it looks interesting. Even funny. If nothing else, Paul Bettany’s reaction to being called a manservant is priceless. Sunday afternoon viewing, perhaps? Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Starring Johnny Depp, »
In David Koepp’s spy comedy Mortdecai, Johnny Depp plays a dapper James Bond type (an art dealer by trade) whose good looks and roguish charm are his only weapons during the hunt to recover a stolen painting. He also has a “man servant” named Jock Strapp (Paul Bettany). Fine, Depp. You win this round. How can we refuse? The film is adapted from the Mortdecai Trilogy written by art dealer turned novelist Kyril Bonfiglioli. The books have been compared to the works of P. G. Wodehouse, particularly the Jeeves-Wooster novels. The gimmick seems to fall somewhere above the outright ridiculousness of the Austin Powers series. Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, Olivia Munn and Aubrey Plaza also star. Mortdecai hits theaters February 6, 2015 going up against the...
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