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2013 looks to be a pretty packed year for sci-fi, but one of the more innovative/exciting films of the genre from the past decade is certainly director Duncan Jones’ 2009 film Moon. Jones made excellent use of miniature effects to create the lunar landscape on a shockingly small budget ($5 million), and star Sam Rockwell turned in a powerhouse performance as he commands nearly the entirety of the film’s screentime alone/opposite himself. Moon recently aired on BBC2 and Jones, being the generous and Twitter-friendly person that he is, took it upon himself to offer a live commentary on Twitter while the film aired. The filmmaker offered some fascinating insights into the film, including how they finally convinced Kevin Spacey to voice Gerty and the fact that Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz, The Bourne Ultimatum) was poised to tackle the lead role should Rockwell back out at the last minute. Jones was »
- Adam Chitwood
Last month, Marvel's short list of actors to play the lead role of Peter Quill in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy was revealed. The list included names like Joel Edgerton, Lee Pace, Garrett Hedlund and Les Miserables' Eddie Redmayne. Variety reports that the short list has gotten even shorter, with Zachary Levi (left) and Jim Sturgess (right) emerging Marvel's top two choices for the role. The site also reports a third "unnamed actor" will also try out for the role. Sturgess was last seen earlier this year in Cloud Atlas, but has also starred in One Day opposite Anne Hathaway, 21 with Kevin Spacey and the musical drama Across the Universe. Meanwhile, Levi is best known for portraying the title character in NBC's spy comedy Chuck for...
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(*My apologies for this coming so long after Sound on Sight’s celebration of 50 years of James Bond, but I’ve been swamped with end-of-semester work and only just now managed to finish this. Hope you all still find this of interest.)
As a coda to the Sos’s James Bond salute, there’s still a point I think deserves to be made.
The Bond franchise which has been with us so long, has become so deeply entrenched in popular culture, that we often forget what it was that first distinguished the Bonds a half-century ago. Skyfall might be one of the best of the Bonds, and even, arguably, one of the best big-budget big-action flicks to come along in quite a while, but it’s not alone. The annual box office is – and has been, for quite some time – dominated by big, action-packed blockbusters of one sort of another. »
- Bill Mesce
Jennifer Aniston has clued into the benefits of starring alongside a dazzling comedic ensemble over the last few years, starting with 2011's Horrible Bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jason Bateman, Jamie Foxx, Jason Sudeikis) and 2012's Wanderlust (Paul Rudd, Alan Alda, Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman, Ken Marino, Lauren Ambrose). For her next film, Aniston is once again starring alongside an array of amazing actors in 2013's We're The Millers.
Video - Aniston Sheds Tears Over Engagement
Co-starring Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts, Nick Offerman, Kathryn Hahn and Ed Helms, We're The Millers tells the story of David Burke (Sudeikis), a small-time pot dealer who is forced to work for a major cartel and import a massive shipment of drugs from Mexico.
Video Flashback - Aniston Wins An Emmy in 2002
In order to make it across the border, David enlists the help of his neighbors: cynical stripper Rose (Aniston) and tatted teen Casey (Roberts) to pretend to be one »
There was breaking news this morning out of Newtown, Connecticut when at least one gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School. CBS News is reporting that a minimum of 27 people were killed in this massacre, including an estimated 18 young children.
Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police held a press conference to assure concerned citizens that "the scene is secure" and "the shooter is deceased inside the building." Twenty-year-old Adam Lanza has reportedly emerged as the gunman. Brother Ryan, 24, had previously been named as the suspect, but sources are now telling the Associated Press that after being questioned by police it was determined that he was not involved. Their mother was a teacher at the school and is presumed to be one of the fatalities. An additional investigation is ongoing at another location, where one more victim was allegedly killed. The two crime scenes are thought to be linked. President Obama has been »
Man of Steel won’t be hurting for an audience when the latest cinematic incarnation of Superman swoops into cinemas next summer. The casting of Henry Cavill (The Tudors, The Immortals) has been met with great enthusiasm from fanboys, media, and pretty much everyone with working eyeballs. The supporting players ooze quality and clout: Amy Adams, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Laurence Fishburne. That’s an all-star team-up of acting Avengers right there. Behind the camera, a marketable, geek-cool, movie-smart brain trust: producer Christopher Nolan, screenwriter David Goyer, director Zack Snyder. With talent like this above and below the line, »
- Jeff Jensen
By all accounts, "The Impossible" is one of the best movies of the year. Not just heartwarming but legitimately moving, it stars Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts as a couple who, along with their three children, are flung into chaos and danger during the deadly 2004 tsunami. It's a story that is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat and leave a lump in your throat as you wonder if any of them can possibly survive.
Unless, of course, you've seen the trailer, in which case you know the answer — and the plot of the entire film.
This seems to be happening more and more these days. Movie studios are turning away from the classic tease, which tries to get you into the theater to find out what happens, and turning towards a new type of trailer where they show you what happens and hope you like it »
- Scott Harris
Production on Arrested Development‘s “comeback” season has hit the pause button, but for the best of reasons — to bring you even more Bluth goodness.
As reported by our sister site Deadline, during the course of shooting the original 10-episode order for Netflix, Ad creator Mitch Hurwitz amassed more material than planned, as he dreamed up new scenes and story arcs on the fly.
As such, Hurwitz — along with producing studios 20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV — got Netflix to greenlight an additional two to five episodes, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Directed by Duncan Jones
One area of film that was really neglected during the 00’s (whatever you choose to name them) was one of the founding cornerstones of modern cinema, the unlimited avenue of storytelling possibility that is pure science fiction. Even mediocre attempts at overly mind bending space stories were few and far between, perhaps dictated by disastrous franchise flick Star Trek: Nemesis, colossal Eddie Murphy failure Pluto Nash and George Lucas’ uniformly soulless and awful Star Wars prequels. Indeed, it wasn’t until the final year of the decade that James Cameron returned to the far reaches of the cosmos with the unadventurous Avatar. The same year, a good old fashioned philosophical quagmire with flavors of classic Lem arrived to minimal fanfare but substantial critical acclaim. Duncan Jones’ directorial debut, Moon proved superior to the highest grossing movie of all »
- Scott Patterson
Exclusive: Glee is bringing another new face to the mix. I’ve learned that the Fox dramedy, known for breaking fresh talent, has cast young British actor Oliver Kieran-Jones in a recurring role. (The show tends to cast newcomers as recurring and then promote those whose characters pop to regulars.) Kieran-Jones will play the leader of the glee club at Nyada, which new student Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) is interested in joining. (With the rigorous training at Nyada, do other college glee clubs even stand a chance?!) With the addition of a glee club, the New York storyline of the show will now more closely resemble the one in Ohio where New Directions is currently picking up the pieces after their shocking loss at sectionals. Kieran-Jones’ only previous U.S. TV credit was an arc on the Showtime/BBC comedy Episodes as assistant-turned-filmmaker Andrew. He has extensive stage credits in the UK, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Before we start, I have to say that I looooooove me a Christmas horror movie. From Gremlins to Silent Night, Deadly Night to Christmas Evil to Black Christmas to Jaws: The Revenge, I can't get enough of a blood-spattered yuletide. (The only Christmas movie too scary for me? Christmas With the Kranks. [Shudder])
Did American Horror Story: Asylum deliver an advent calendar-worthy Christmas episode? Let's check our list (twice) and find out...
We begin outside a classic small-town department store in the Christmas Story era. But instead of a Red Ranger power bb rifle, Sugar Motta the little boy heading toward the store with his mom wants a coonskin cap. His mom makes him put some money in the bucket of a bell-ringing charity Santa outside the store, and the Santa reassures the kid that all his capitalist holiday-entitlement dreams will surely come true. The store closes up and the lady drags her kid elsewhere, »
As Plus Camerimage wound down this past weekend in the city of Bydgoszcz, Poland, ComingSoon.net had the opportunity to speak with this year's head of the jury, filmmaker Joel Schumacher, known for a diverse selection of projects like The Lost Boys , Falling Down , Phone Booth and two Batman films, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin . Most recently, Schumacher directed Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman in the crime thriller Trespass and will be taking a turn at episodic directing with two episodes of the upcoming Netflix series, "House of Cards," developed by David Fincher, Kevin Spacey and Beau Willimon. In the below interview, Schumacher reminisces about his career, particularly focusing on the unique situation he stepped into with The Lost Boys , and »
Directed by J.C. Chandor
Written by J.C. Chandor
It’s taken a while – almost four years by my calendar – but eventually the dire progenitors of the age of austerity seem to have finally percolated into the emissions of the dream factory. Whilst the likes of The Company Men, Up In The Air and even Horrible Bosses offer obtuse takes on the slow disintegration of the current financial ideology, zeroing in the individual symptoms rather than the brooding cancer at the core, after the Oscar success of Inside Job the path seems clear for a fictional tale on the 2008 commercial devastation foisted on the world by the 1% and their ambitious acolytes. I’ve always found this cabalistic world immensely fascinating, having worked at one of these firms for a few years back in the noughties any audit of the seductive world of elite commerce is destined to broker my interest, »
Two weeks ago, Netflix released a trailer for "House of Cards," the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey series that will premiere exclusively on the streaming site on February 1st, marking its first big foray into original programming (following a kind of soft launch with the Norwegian coproduction "Lilyhammer" earlier this year). The company has several new and returning shows in the hopper -- the resurrected "Arrested Development," Eli Roth's "Hemlock Grove" and Jenji Kohan's women-in-prison dramedy "Orange is the New Black" -- but the way in which it has approached creating its own programming may be just as interesting as the projects it has chosen. Speaking to Kcrw back in May, Roth's "Hemlock Grove" collaborator Brian McGreevy compared Netflix's use of data to determine the viewing interests of its 29 million subscribers to "sabermetrics," saying "it's less about the whims of someone...
- Alison Willmore
Two weeks ago, Netflix released a trailer for "House of Cards," the David Fincher/Kevin Spacey series that will premiere exclusively on the streaming site on February 1st, marking its first big foray into original programming (following a kind of soft launch with the Norwegian coproduction "Lilyhammer" earlier this year). The company has several new and returning shows in the hopper -- the resurrected "Arrested Development," Eli Roth's "Hemlock Grove" and Jenji Kohan's women-in-prison dramedy "Orange is the New Black" -- but the way in which it has approached creating its own programming may be just as interesting as the projects it has chosen. Speaking to Kcrw back in May, Roth's "Hemlock Grove" collaborator Brian McGreevy compared Netflix's use of data to determine the viewing interests of its 29 million subscribers to "sabermetrics," saying "it's less about the whims of someone »
- Alison Willmore
Being a great killer in the movies isn’t just about the body count you rack up; some have ‘only’ a few crimes to their name. However, the elite must leave something indelible with their audience. Here are five characters who, to us, stand out as memorable murderers:
Bale came to everyone’s attention with his magnetic and chilling turn in Mary Harron’s adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel. Bateman is a difficult character to portray because of the need to marry charisma with repulsiveness, but Bale pulls it off effortlessly. Scenes like the one where the prostitutes he’s been entertaining find a multitude of bodies in his apartment are embedded throughout »
- Nathan Rhodes-Brandon
With Gangnam Style destroying the charts the world over, we will soon see a second wave of the Korean invasion taking place. Three of South Koreas most commercially successful and critically acclaimed directors have their English language debuts set for next year. Kim Jee Woon (The Last Stand), Park Chan Wook (Stoker), and Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer) have already proved themselves in their homeland, and here at Thn we are taking a look back over their past efforts. Starting with the films of Kim Jee Woon, join us each week over the course of the next few months as we explore The Land Of The Morning Calm.
Director: Kim Jee Woon
Plot: An incompetent bank clerk gets involved in the world of professional wrestling.
After the success »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The show is developed by and starring Kevin Spacey.
Also starring are Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey, Kristen Connolly, Sebastian Arcelus, Boris McGiver, Constance Zimmer, Jayne Atkinson, Michel Gill, and Reg E. Cathey.
Spacey plays 'Frank Underwood', a ruthless politician with his eye on the top job in Washington.
"House Of Cards" is an adaptation of the previous BBC miniseries of the same name.
"House of Cards" debuts February 1, 2013.
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- M. Stevens
brightcove.createExperiences();David Fincher’s ambitious, 13-part new series House Of Cards first unleashed a trailer earlier this month. You can watch it again (or for the first time, if you somehow missed it), above. Now Netflix, which will be streaming the series in its entirety, has released a huge batch of promotional images for the series. Check them out in the gallery further down this page.Cards is based on the 1990 BBC TV series, and has been produced by Fincher (who directs two of the episodes) and Ides Of March writer Beau Willimon. It’ll follow the Machiavellian machinations of Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey - and note the character's initials) a man who has charted a speedy rise through the American political machine. But when his ambitions are thwarted, he plots to destroy everyone who has wronged him as he manoeuvres to get what he wants: a shot at the president's job. »
One of the big events of 2013 won't be happening at the multiplex, but through your Netflix account, as David Fincher's "House Of Cards" will "unspool" on the streaming rental site. While it's not the first piece of original programming to stream online, it's certainly the most high profile, and it will undoubtedly be a major test for the future of broadcasting, which is only getting more competitive. And with the first trailer turning heads a couple of weeks back, a new batch of character images have dropped. Kevin Spacey stars as Francis Underwood, the Machiavellian chief whip of the House of Representatives on a ruthless quest for power. Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Michael Kelly, Kristen Connolly, Corey Stoll and Mahershali Ali are among the cast, and it seems none of them are beyond reproach. Each get their own little catch phrase, with the highlighted letters spelling out another attribute they each have. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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