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Didn’t get enough “Heroes” in Moulin Rouge!? Ewan McGregor only sang a few bars of the David Bowie song for a medley in the Baz Luhrmann’s sparkling, stylish musical. But he belted out the whole song in a for-charity tribute to the late singer at Los Angeles venue the Roxy on Monday night. A video of his performance has hit the web, and it’s clear he’s got just as glorious a set of pipes as he did when Moulin Rouge! was made 15 years ago (and when he sang for the Bowie- and Iggy Pop-inspired Velvet Goldmine). Watch McGregor’s performance of “Heroes” below. If this results in you in a puddle on the floor, though, don’t say we didn’t warn you. Also at the tribute: Gary Oldman singing “The Man Who Sold the World” and Seal, who performed “Bring Me the Disco King »
- Emily Rome
David Bowie fans gathered together last night for a tribute celebrating the late music veteran at a benefit concert duteously dubbed, "Celebrating David Bowie" at L.A.'s '70s-born, and now tenably certified rock venue, The Roxy. Seal, Ewan McGregor, Gary Oldman, and Spiders From Mars keyboardist Mike Garson united for the tribute in a series of performances that paid earnest and effusive homage to the late musician. The impeccably—and diversely—talented bunch brought a collection of performances that impressed without distracting from the evening's intent: to remember Bowie's iconic stature as one of the industry's leading performers and pop culture's »
Ewan McGregor sang David Bowie’s “Heroes” last night at the Roxy's Celebrating David Bowie tribute concert in Hollywood, alongside other performers, like Seal and Gary Oldman. As you might know based on your age and/or love of musical movies, McGregor sang “Heroes” as part of the "Elephant Love Medley" in Moulin Rouge. But don’t worry! You don’t have to publicly identify yourself as a former or current Moulin Rouge fan here. This is a safe space, designated solely for getting misty over the excellence of David Bowie. And that is a fact. »
- Halle Kiefer
In conjunction with the much awaited release of Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice due out on the 25th March 2016 which pits the wits of these 2 DC comic superheroes against one another who must put their differences aside and tackle a new threat to mankind devised by the charismatic super villain Lex Luthor called Doomsday. We take a trip down memory lane to look at the one of the most acclaimed Batman films ever made “The Dark Knight.”
The Dark Knight was released in 2008, produced and directed by Christopher Nolan, the star-studded cast includes Christian Bale (Batman), Heath Ledger (Joker) Gary Oldman and Morgan Freeman to name but a few. It quickly became hugely popular with hard core batman fans all over the world.
Set in a dark Gotham City, where organised crime still rules notably under the leadership of the deranged yet criminal genius “The Joker” hell-bent on causing »
- The Hollywood News
Deadline is reporting that Ed Helms (Vacation) and Amanda Seyfried (Ted 2) have signed on to appear in The Clapper, which is being directed by Dito Montiel (Empire State) from his own book of the same name.
The site reports that the film revolves around ” professional clapper for infomercials who gets plucked by a late night talk show host to be on his TV show. The notoriety that his 15 minutes of fame brings ends up costing him his job as well as a budding relationship with a girl who works at a gas station. The project is a testament to how easily fame is achieved in today’s reality-program driven society and how it can complicate ordinary people’s lives.”
Montiel’s latest film, the post-apocalyptic thriller Man Down starring Kate Mara, Jai Courtney, Shia Labeouf and Gary Oldman, premiered at the Venice Film Festival back in September, but is currently without a release date. »
- Gary Collinson
Word comes by way of Screen Daily, revealing that the Oscar-nominated actor will star opposite fellow Briton Gerard Butler in the studio’s long-gestating feature, which is set to be offered to buyers at next week’s Berlin Film Festival. Adapted from George Wallace and Don Keith’s acclaimed novel Firing Point, Hunter Killer centers on a rogue Russian general who, upon kidnapping the country’s president, looks to spark a global conflict on the scale of the Cold War.
Despite developing a tendency of portraying Russians on screen (see Air Force One and Child 44), Oldman has boarded the thriller to oversee the efforts of a Navy Seal unit – Gerard Butler’s Joe Glass included – to scupper those aforementioned terrorist plans. »
- Michael Briers
Screen Daily has learned that the always awesome Gary Oldman has joined Gerard Butler in Hunter Killer, a submarine thriller based on the George Wallace and Donald Keith novel Firing Point. Butler will play "a submarine captain who must save the day after the Russian president is kidnapped by a rogue Russian general," while Oldman has been cast as a U.S. official. The long-gestating project... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
The story follows the exploits of a female member of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission’s covert ops unit (Johansson), which specializes in fighting technology-related crime.
Pitt is in talks to play Laughing man, who proves to be the ultimate hacker, capable of such feats as hijacking multiple video streams simultaneously, taking over someone’s cybernetic brain entirely and editing his own images out of someone’s cybernetic eyes, and all in real time.
- Justin Kroll
There was supposed to be a videogame of The Dark Knight - and footage from the cancelled Batman release has surfaced.
You might recall that back in 2008, just before the release of Nolan's highly anticipated sequel to Batman Begins (which did get a pretty bad video game adaptation), actor Gary Oldman let slip that he'd signed on to reprise his role as Jim Gordon in the upcoming Dark Knight video game, a secret that Pandemic Studios and Electronic Arts had yet to reveal to the public.
Since then, fans have scrutinised the project and the reasons behind why The Dark Knight video game never saw the light of day (night?). This new video gives us those reasons, »
On the eve of the Efm, the industry veteran has joined the company as evp of international marketing.
Stx Entertainment president of international sales John Friedberg announced the hire on Wednesday.
Friedenson most recently served as head of international marketing at StudioCanal and previously served as svp of international marketing at Paramount Pictures/ Paramount Vantage.
The executive will immediately begin working on Stx’s upcoming features including the untitled female comedy directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore and starring Mila Kunis; interplanetary adventure The Space Between Us with Gary Oldman; and Toronto hit Hardcore Henry, produced by Timur Bekmambetov.
She began her international film marketing career at Lionsgate working on campaigns for Monster’s Ball, Amores Perros, 3:10 to Yuma and the Saw films.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
February may be the shortest month of the year, but the major streaming sites certainly haven't used that as an excuse to slack off. Perhaps motivated by the imminent Leap Day, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are unleashing an absolute blizzard of new titles over the next four weeks — from a martial-arts sequel 16 years in the making, to a note-perfect new comedy series that's arriving just in time to cure (or inflame) those post-Valentine's Day blues. Here are our top 10 picks for what to watch in the next 29 days.
11.22.63 (Hulu, »
Our countdown of the top 100 films of the 21st Century (so far) concludes here with the top 25.
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The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
With Dirty Grandpa, we may have officially reached the point where a Robert De Niro impression is guaranteed to be more enjoyable than a Robert De Niro performance. Fortunately, the indisputable fact that he's one of the most iconic actors in movie history means that there's a ton of imitators out there.
If the man behind Travis Bickle, Jake La Motta and young Vito Corleone isn't quite as common a target as Christopher Walken or Al Pacino, that's only because he's a little bit harder to get right (watch the »
Shakespeare’s portrait of the brooding, potentially psychotic Danish prince Hamlet is arguably the Bard’s most notable play, as well as a veritable support beam within the literary canon. We’ve seen countless cinematic adaptations, contemporized for modern audiences, anachronized for the kitschy crowd, and usually abridged for the medium. But out of this was born an inventive farce which has taken on an iconicity of its own from the perspective of two minor supporting characters with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Playwright Tom Stoppard penned the intelligent comedy in 1966 and made his solo directorial cinematic outing with the famous 1990 film version which took home the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival (where Gore Vidal was president, no less). Although fans of Shakespeare’s source text will most likely continue to be entertained by Stoppard’s impressive meta-textual accomplishment, this reputable adaptation of his own material often feels a bit flat. »
- Nicholas Bell
What are Shrek and Donkey doing in Kung Fu Panda 3? They have a cute little cameo that spoofs the recent Snicker ads. Po and Monkey just aren't themselves when they are hungry. This delightful teases gives us a few jokes, but we don't get to see much more from the actual movie itself, which is in theaters in just a few short weeks.
In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, Kung Fu Panda 3. When Po's long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters.  But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible-learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas! »
Re-watching Die Hard last month, as I do every Christmas, I was struck, as I always am, by just how astonishingly good the late Alan Rickman is in this movie. If Die Hard set the arcade-game-like template for every lesser action movie that followed (put hero in inescapable situation that requires the progressive elimination of a series of bad guys; escalate set pieces accordingly), then Rickman's Hans Gruber is the template for every lesser bad guy to prowl bullet-riddled sets in a well-made suit. Unfortunately for everyone else who'd play a villain in any action film ever, Rickman pretty much »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
This year marks 50 years since the debut of Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” and 25 years since the release of the play’s film adaptation. Stoppard himself took on the challenge of scripting and directing a film adaptation of his celebrated absurdist comedy that depicts what’s going on “off-stage,” so to speak, during Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Then relative unknowns in the U.S., English actors Gary Oldman and Tim Roth starred as the Danish prince’s untimely death-bound friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. And for the Player — who, with a twinkle in his eye, schooled us on death and exits and entrances — Stoppard turned to Richard Dreyfuss. Packed with wordplay, super-speedy banter, existential musings, slapstick, and silly anachronisms, “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead” got its big screen premiere at the 1990 Venice International Film Festival, with a release in U.S. theaters the following February. Today the film is available on Blu-ray for the first time. »
- Emily Rome
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
Unfortunately, the poster on this one was misleading -- they never actually let us bring Matt Damon home after seeing the movie. (His wife would probably disapprove.) You can, however, take home Ridley Scott's acclaimed Mars mission movie "The Martian" on DVD and Blu-ray starting January 12. The Blu-ray editions include more than 90 minutes of special features, including five "in-world" pieces, and featurettes from the cast, director, and producers. There's also a gag reel, which should be fun.
Drac's Pack is back in the sequel to "Hotel Transylvania," as they put the son of Mavis and Johnny through a "monster-in-training" boot camp to bring out his vampire side. The DVD, out January 12, includes feature commentary with the director and vocal cast, »
- Gina Carbone
Daryl Sabara has come a long way as an actor since his days as Juni Cortez in the Spy Kids series. Having tackled the bully role in Rob Zombie’s Halloween, a cholo in the Robert Rodriguez-helmed Machete and many other fun roles, he’s now ready to be served up to cannibals with his role in Eli Roth’s Cannibal Film homage, The Green Inferno (review). As Lars, a man devoted to helping save the rainforest, he’s thrust into a horrific fate when he and the rest of the survivors of a plane crash are abducted by a cannibalistic tribe.
We thought it would nice to reach out to Daryl, and thanks to fine folks at Universal, we spoke to Sabara about the film, his preparation for it, as well as other things. Read on, and check out The Green Inferno, which is out now on DVD/Bluray/VOD via Universal. »
- Jerry Smith
Anne Hathaway: Oscar Host's Red Dress outshone Oscars' Red Carpet. Anne Hathaway Oscar host: Red dress one of countless outfits Blast from the Past: Pictured above is Oscar host Anne Hathaway sporting a blindingly bright white smile while on the 2011 Academy Awards' Red Carpet just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. But wait. In the photo, Hathaway is wearing a blindingly bright red gown. Wasn't her dress of a metallic blue hue? Actually, no. It was beige (with patterns). Wait. Come to think of it, she actually wore a tux, not a dress. Or maybe it was all of the above. And more. How could that be? Well, the color, texture, format, and type of Anne Hathaway's outfits varied according to which 15 minutes of the Oscar telecast you watched on Sunday night, Feb. 27. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married in early »
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