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'The Contender' movie hero: Joan Allen as the virtuous Sen. Laine Hanson. 'The Contender' movie: Exceptional Joan Allen in intriguing but ultimately wimpy political drama "Principles only mean anything when we stick by them when they're inconvenient," says Senator Laine Hanson, played by Joan Allen in Rod Lurie's The Contender. Senator Hanson should know. In Lurie's political drama, the poor Democratic senator is grilled by a Republican inquisitor with a bad hairdo (Gary Oldman) who wants to prevent at all costs her being confirmed as the next Vice President of the United States. Even if that means destroying Hanson's political career by making public the senator's alleged participation in an orgy during her college days.* Now, why such hatred? Well, the Republican watchdog is certain that the U.S. president (Jeff Bridges) has chosen Sen. Hanson because of her gender instead of her qualifications for the job. Adding insult to injury, »
- Andre Soares
Grange Hill star Terry Sue-Patt has died at the age of 50.
The actor - best known for playing Benny Green - was found dead on Friday (May 22) at his home in London. The cause of his death is currently unknown.
Police have confirmed that they are not treating Sue-Patt's death as suspicious at this stage.
They said in a statement: "At 12.42pm on Friday we were alerted to concerns for the welfare of a man in Walthamstow. At 1.44pm officers forced entry to a flat, and found the body of a man, aged in his 50s, inside the flat. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Next of kin have been informed. At this early stage, the death is not believed to be suspicious."
Having been discovered playing football, Sue-Patt launched his acting career with a four-year-long stint on Grange Hill, one of the longest-running drama series in British television. »
Though he broke out with "Easy Money" and garnered a lot of attention from Hollywood, one could argue that Daniel Espinosa hasn't really lived up to his Next Hot Thing status. "Safe House" was a forgettable action flick, and this spring's star-studded "Child 44" was a complete bomb, but miraculously not a huge loss for Lionsgate, thanks to some smart accounting. So perhaps it's not a surprise that the director has set up an upcoming project in Sweden. Read More: Review: 'Child 44' Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, And Joel Kinnaman Screen Daily reports that Espinosa will helm a new adaptation of Vilhelm Moberg’s novel "The Emigrants." Cinephiles will know that Jan Troell made a wonderfully received 1971 movie based on the same material (it earned four Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay), but maybe there's room for improvement? »
- Kevin Jagernauth
'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing »
- Andre Soares
Warning: Spoilers for Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes are in play. If you haven.t seen either film, bookmark this page and come back when you.re up to date. By the end of Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, ape leader Caesar (Andy Serkis) and human leader Malcolm (Jason Clarke) had remained friends but sadly had to part company, anyway. The reason being that the events involving Koba.s sabotage and Dreyfus. (Gary Oldman) call for back up had basically locked humanity into the long, hard struggle that would eventually see the Planet Of The Apes come to historical fruition. While we.re not going to get to that point just yet, we do have an idea where things are going, as the new title for the 2017 sequel has been revealed. You.ve seen the Rise and survived »
We had the Rise of the Planet of the Apes and then the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and next comes the War of the Planet of the Apes, or so says Collider in an article announcing the title for the third movie in the newly rebooted franchise, set for a July 14, 2017 release. It's a damned good title if getting the attention of your audience is your number one goal (which it is) and it also suggests this is going to be the most action-packed film in the franchise yet, though I don't know where you go after everything Matt Reeves threw into the last one. Reeves previously commented on the future of the franchise saying, "The first one is sort of how Caesar goes from humble beginnings to becoming a revolutionary... In Dawn, he really rose to occasion of becoming a leader in really challenging and difficult times. »
- Brad Brevet
From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...
Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.
What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »
There are some actors who most people tend to agree are unquestionably great: Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Tom Hanks, Spencer Tracy, Laurence Olivier, Paul Newman, Gregory Peck. When famous names like these crop up in conversations about the craft of acting, there are very few who would likely disagree over their talents.
That isn’t always the case, though. One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor, after all, and actors have long split public opinion. Movie-goers tend to thrive on the conflict derived from slating a popular actor, posing questions like: “Why does everybody think they’re so great?”
But there’s a fundamental difference between somebody saying that they love Gary Oldman and another person saying that they think Gary Oldman is a bit overrated – there are some actors who polarise audiences to the point at which the »
- Sam Hill
Anne Hathaway Red Dress at the 83rd Academy Awards Oscar host Anne Hathaway Wearing a blindingly bright red dress, Anne Hathaway, sporting a blindingly bright white smile, is pictured above at the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Rachel Getting Married in early 2009, was this year's Oscar ceremony co-host alongside Best Actor nominee James Franco (127 Hours). More on that further below. Anne Hathaway movies Below is a partial list of Anne Hathaway films.* Her big-screen debut took place in 2001. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass (2016). Director: James Bobin. Cast: Mia Wasikowska. Johnny Depp. Helena Bonham Carter. Sacha Baron Cohen. Anne Hathaway. The Interns (2015). Director: Nancy Meyers. Cast: Anne Hathaway. Robert De Niro. Interstellar (2014). Director: Christopher Nolan. Cast: Matthew McConaughey. Jessica Chastain. Anne Hathaway. Mackenzie Foy. Michael Caine. Matt Damon. Ellen Burstyn. Don Jon (2013). Les Misérables (2012). Director: Tom Hooper. »
- D. Zhea
The role of a good producer is often undervalued. We tend to hear Harvey Weinstein-esque horror stories about executives wielding their power and crushing the creative integrity of a film. But what we hear less of are the common tales of a producer collaborating with a filmmaker, making insightful notes, and giving them the resources they need to reach their full potential. According to Deadline, the box office bomb "Child 44" could've used that kind of guiding hand. Read More: Review: 'Child 44' Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman And Joel Kinnaman One of the year's biggest flops, the dour drama starring Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joel Kinnaman, Noomi Rapace, and Jason Clarke earned awful reviews and woeful box-office returns, taking in just $1.1 million domestically (by comparison, even Johnny Depp's "Mortdecai" managed to tally $7.6 million). And this is even more disheartening given the talent involved (including a script by. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
One of the more interesting looking films going into the year was "Child 44," a film adaptation of the acclaimed 2008 novel. Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman and Noomi Rapace starred in the film about a soldier in 1950s Soviet Union who tracks a serial child killer, at the same time facing a communist bureaucracy that would not acknowledge such a ghoul could exist in its midst.
Unfortunately it may leave 2015 with a less ignominious title - as one of the year's biggest bombs. The Daniel Espinosa-directed film opened on 510 screens on April 17th and raked in a woeful $622,000. Things did not improve in the second week, the film dropping 67% on the same number of screens.
Now Deadline reports that the film's release has been shrunk to just 24 screens, and its $3.3 million worldwide total so far is disastrous for a film that cost over $50 million. Reviews haven't been a saving grace »
- Garth Franklin
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »
- D. Zhea
Avengers sequel outguns rivals.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron lead this week’s social media buzz chart ahead of its release this weekend, according to Way To Blue.
The superhero sequel generated nearly 33,700 comments across social media, news, forums and blogs in the UK from April 16-22. One in four of those comments expressed intent to view, meaning they would look to convert tweets into tickets.
Ranked second this week was online chatroom horror Unfriended, set for release on May 1, which drew nearly 2,700 comments (38% ItV).
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
This article contains major spoilers for Avengers: Age Of Ultron
If Avengers: Age of Ultron is anything, it's dense. It has to spin out of films, spin films out of itself, and tell its own story with a cast of seven heroes and three villains. There's a lot going on, and not everyone will have caught all of it. If you've seen Avengers: Age of Ultron and find yourself confused about any part of it, we've tried to answer the questions you might have about it. Be careful if you haven't seen the film, though – spoilers obviously abound!
1. What's Wakanda?
Visited by Ultron and later the Avengers, Wakanda is a fictional African state which is also the home (and kingdom of) of the Black Panther. Located in northeast Africa, it »
Overly complicated yet somehow anticlimactic, and constructed more with pat Hollywood pomp rather than the authentic grit it demands. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Tom Hardy, Soviet hero of World War II, solves murders in 1950s Russia. Well, actually, there could be no murders under Communism, or so everyone tells one another in Child 44, because that’s a crime of decadent Western capitalism. Nevertheless, there are a lot of boys dead under suspicious circumstances all over southwestern Russia. Based on a novel inspired by the same real-life Soviet serial-murder case that the far superior 1995 HBO movie Citizen X details, this is an odd duck of a film: overly complicated yet somehow anticlimactic, more concerned with professional and personal jealousies among elite military investigators in Moscow than with police procedural, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
When a movie’s crap, it really needs all the help it can get to give people reasons to watch it. In terms of the general opinion, crap movies are already pretty much doomed as soon as the reviews come flying from the typewriters of the meanest sons-of-bitches in the literary world: the movie critics.
Crap movies can do themselves favours, at least, by hiring reliable actors to class proceedings up a bit. Take Child 44, as a recent example – critics on the whole didn’t like the film, but almost all the haters at least conceded that the presence of quality actors like Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman rendered it much more watchable than if they hadn’t featured at all.
When a film generally stinks to high heaven, great actors can help to make things bearable, maybe even enjoyable for the time they’re on screen. »
- Brogan Morris
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 17th April to Sunday 19th April 2015…
Well, not much of a surprise here. Having steamrolled the competition on its way to becoming the first billion dollar instalment in the franchise (and the seventh biggest film of all-time), Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 retained top spot at the UK box office at the third time of asking, banking £3.4 million to push its haul on these shores beyond the £32 million mark.
The highest new entry of the week was the Soviet-era thriller Child 44 starring Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman, which pulled in £505,558 to claim fourth place, followed by Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos in seventh with £331,530 and teen comedy The Duff in eighth with £326,105.
Number one this time last year: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
1. Fast & Furious 7 – £3,39,720 weekend (3 weeks)
2. Cinderella – £1,083,245 weekend (4 weeks)
3. Home – £854,377 weekend (5 weeks)
4. Child 44 – £505,558 weekend »
- Gary Collinson
It’s less than twenty-four hours until Marvel‘s latest juggernaut The Avengers: Age Of Ultron arrives in cinemas. Ahead of the release the cast, minus Chris Hemsworth, stopped into London as part of their exceptionally hectic press tour. We spent thirty minutes sharing the same oxygen as director Joss Whedon and cast members Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Paul Bettany. And what a marvellous (pardon the pun) half hour it was.
The group revealed their inspirations; Bettany loves John Lennon, Taylor-Johnson likes Gary Oldman, Elizabeth Olsen looks up to Faye Dunaway and Chris Evans admires his dad, a man who incidentally Joss claimed as his inspiration too. Robert Downey Jr. insisted on a wardrobe change at half time switching from his suit jacket to a much more rock and roll leather jacket and shades. Scarlett Johansson confirmed she »
- Kat Smith
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
These days, we're used to the marketing hype for a major film building up about two years ahead of release. Visitors to Comic-Con got a preview of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, for example, more than two years ahead of its due date. Our collective hunger for a first look at major forthcoming films is such that, it seems, studios are keen to show off their work-in-progress earlier and earlier.
But there are ways of teasing a forthcoming movie without showing a frame of the finished product, which is where the following list comes in. They're all examples of promos that manage to get across the flavour of a future film without going into story details. Some of them were made before a foot of celluloid was exposed, »
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